Jagan Reddy walks out of jail after 16 months, crowd of supporters greet him
YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Tuesday stepped out of Chanchalguda jail 16 months after his arrest in a disproportionate assets case to lusty cheers and rose petal showers by his jubilant supporters.
A designated CBI court had on Monday granted bail to the 40-year-old leader who is in jail since his arrest on May 27, 2012.
Thousands of supporters, chanting slogans hailing their leader, gathered outside the Chanchalguda jail since morning for his release which is widely expected to lend added political punch to the popular movement against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
The milling crowd broke into an impromptu dance as Jaganmohan came out flashing a broad smile and greeted his supporters and partymen, including legislators, with folded hands.
As the convoy inched its way out of the jail premises enroute to his residence at Lotus Pond, security personnel swarming around his vehicle had a tough time keeping the jubilant supporters at a safe distance from the YSR Congress leader, who happily shook hands with several of them.
A couple of security men carrying automatic weapons sat atop Jaganmohan's SUV while others cleared the way of ecstatic supporters. Jaganmohan's release, at a time when protests are raging across the state over its proposed bifurcation for over 50 days, comes as a huge relief for the party, which is the only political entity unequivocally favouring a unified Andhra Pradesh.
Even in his bail plea, Jaganmohan had sought his release citing the ongoing protests in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, saying that there was a need for him tobe with the people and lead the stir as leader of a political party.