Talking to the English channel NDTV, she said it was the aim of the CBI to keep Jagan in jail as long as possible and even a small kid knew it.
Recalling that the agency has been investigating the case for the last 21 months, Bharati said when Jagan filed bail petition in October, CBI asked for 3 more months of time. Now, 8 months had passed and the agency was asking for 4 more months. She also pointed at the CBI counsel’s talk soon after the court’s verdict that they might ask for extension of even that time. She said these words themselves show that the agency had no intention of concluding the case in the near future. Alleging that there was no progress at all in the investigation, Bharati reminded about the statement of the union minister Kotla Surya Prakasha Reddy that Jagan would not get bail until he merged his party in Congress.
She also recollected how another senior union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad also said that Jagan would not have faced all these cases if he remained in the Congress. Stating that people knew that all the cases against Jagan were false, she said whenever elections were held, people would teach them a fitting lesson. Alleging that Congress influences the CBI, she said this was evident from the way the agency handled the DMK, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayavati and Yeddyurappa alliance.
Speaking on the charges of allying with the UPA, she questioned why Jagan would be in jail if there was such an agreement. She said they would keep the national interests in view in the next elections. She lamented that those who issued GOs and were responsible for the irregularities were moving about freely, while Jagan who was no way connected to the GOs, was sent to jail.