The Kadapa MP was questioned for over seven hours at the Dilkusha Guest House yesterday.
There is speculation that the agency could arrest Jagan in connection with the case. Keeping in view the possibility, security has been tightened in the city with prohibitory orders imposed under Section 144 CrPC.
Security has also been strengthened in and around the Dilkhusa Guest House where a large number of police and RAF personnel have been deployed.
Speaking to reporters after his day-long questioning, Jagan had said “clarifications have been sought and have been given. Tomorrow (Saturday), in continuation of the clarifications, I will be facing them (CBI) again. I will be giving them further clarifications. They asked me to come back tomorrow (Saturday) at 10:30 am for more clarifications”.
When asked about the quizzing, Jagan replied that “it was very peaceful”.
This was for the first time since the CBI lodged an FIR against him in August last, and subsequently filed three chargesheets against him, that Jagan was quizzed by the agency.
The CBI maintains that Jagan “influenced” his father and late Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy into doling out favours to select investors as a quid-pro-quo for investing into his businesses.
The probe agency had earlier said that it wanted to question Jagan on the Vadarevu and Nizampatnam Ports and Industrial Corridor (VANPIC) deal in the presence of industrialist Nimmagadda Prasad and senior bureaucrat K V Brahamandna Reddy who are already under arrest.
Prasad is the promoter in the VANPIC deal and allegedly invested Rs 850 crore in the business of Jagan for land allotment made to the VANPIC project by the then YSR regime on quid-pro-quo basis.
The CBI had on Thursday arrested Andhra Pradesh Excise Minister Mopidevi Venkataramana Rao on charges of criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust in connection with the VANPIC project.
The Andhra Pradesh High Court had on Wednesday asked Jagan to comply with the CBI directive and appear before the investigation agency.
The CBI court had denied him interim anticipatory bail even as Jagan pleaded that he was leading the campaign for the forthcoming bypolls in Andhra Pradesh for his party candidates.
The High Court as well as the CBI had turned down Jagan’s pleas.
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