Amaravati, Jan.4 (NSS): The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Friday issued a notice transferring the case on the attack on YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) Chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
During previous hearing, Jagan’s advocate argued that the case be transferred to the NIA as per NIA Act. It was also argued that there was a chance for evidence tampering if the probe into the case was delayed. With the Centre’s approval for transferring the case to NIA, the High Court decided to hand it over to the national agency.
It may be recalled that YS Jagan was attacked with a sharp knife on October 25, 2018 by a restaurant worker Srinivasa Rao, inside the VIP lounge of Visakhapatnam airport. Except for the State government, the Centre and all political parties across the country were suspicious about the incident.
Right from minutes from the attack, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Director General of Police RP Thakur and TDP leaders tried to deviate the case with their statements while playing down the murder attempt. With this, the YSRCP approached the High Court demanding a fair and transparent probe by a national agency on the matter.
On 31 December, the Centre informed the High Court that it had transferred the case to the NIA. Following the Home Ministry’s orders, the Hyderabad NIA division filed an FIR on the matter. Mohammed Sajid Khan was appointed as Chief Investigation Officer. (NSS)