Hyderabad: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday arrested Andhra Pradesh Excise Minister M Venkatramana in the disproportionate assets case involving YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy. He is the first minister to be arrested in the case.
He was later remanded to five-day CBI custody by the court.
Venkataramana was the Investment and Ports & Infrastructure minister when Jagan's father YSR Reddy was the chief minister. He is an accused in the disproportionate assets case.
Earlier in the day, Jagan filed for an anticipatory bail in the Hyderabad CBI court alleging that it was a plot to delay by-polls in the state. The CBI had summoned him on Wednesday to appear on May 25.
"I was anyways supposed to appear before the CBI court on May 28. The day I shot a letter to the Prime Minister, the same night the CBI summoned me to appear on May 25. The intention is to create a law and order situation so that the by-polls are postponed," Jagan said while talking to CNN-IBN.
He said his mother would continue his campaign if he was arrested. "Getting any feelers from the Congress is a far cry right now. I have not been approached by any Congress leader. If I am arrested, my mother will take up the campaign," Jagan said.
"We will win the polls. And that's what the Congress fears," Jagan added.