Giving some reprieve to Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, the special court for CBI cases on Monday dismissed the CBI’s petition to subject the Kadapa MP and his financial adviser V Vijay Sai Reddy, both accused in the alleged illegal assets case, to narco-analysis tests.
The court felt that the petition was not maintainable as the same court had earlier dismissed a similar CBI petition against Vijay Sai Reddy. Citing various judgments of the Supreme Court, the special court said there was no guarantee that the accused would spell out truth when subjected to narco tests.
Earlier when the petition came for hearing, the CBI informed the court that both the accused had exclusive knowledge of the investments made into various companies of Jagan. The prosecution argued that scientific methods could be used to get vital information useful for the probe and the results would not be used as evidence during the trial.
However, Jagan’s counsel said use of narco tests could result in side effects and further underlined the Supreme Court ruling that narco tests could not be conducted without the consent of the accused.