In a recent development, the Telangana High Court has granted a temporary breather to Avinash Reddy, the Member of Parliament (MP) representing Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency. The court has ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) not to arrest him in connection with the murder of former minister YS Vivekananda Reddy until final orders are passed on his anticipatory bail petition.
The vacation bench of the Telangana High Court heard the petition filed by Avinash Reddy seeking anticipatory bail and has now scheduled the final orders for May 31. The court’s decision comes after the Supreme Court directed the high court to take up the case following Avinash Reddy’s request.
Avinash Reddy, who is the cousin of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, has been under the scrutiny of the CBI regarding Vivekananda Reddy’s murder, which occurred in March 2019. He had previously appeared before the CBI on multiple occasions this year and subsequently approached the Telangana High Court for anticipatory bail.
The case, initially investigated by a special investigation team (SIT) of the state crime investigation department, was later handed over to the CBI in July 2020. The CBI filed a charge sheet in the murder case on October 26, 2021, and followed it up with a supplementary charge sheet on January 31, 2022.
It is important to note that Avinash Reddy’s father, Y S Bhaskar Reddy, was already arrested by the CBI on April 16 in connection with the same case. Avinash Reddy’s recent plea for anticipatory bail adds another twist to the ongoing legal proceedings.
The murder of Vivekananda Reddy, who was one of the brothers of the late Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, sent shockwaves through the state just weeks before the Assembly elections. The investigation into the murder has been a matter of significant public interest and concern.
As the case continues to unfold, the Telangana High Court’s order granting temporary relief to Avinash Reddy has provided him with a reprieve from potential arrest by the CBI. The final orders on his anticipatory bail petition, scheduled for May 31, will shed further light on the course of this complex and high-profile murder investigation.