YSRCP leaders on Thursday met with Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan on Thursday and stated that they wanted an independent agency to investigate the attack on their party President YS Jaganmohan Reddy at the Visakhapatnam airport last week.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, the YSRCP leaders said that they had no confidence in the probe launched by the state government and the Andhra Pradesh police and said that a third-party investigation must be launched.
Jagan was attacked by a man identified as Srinivas, a waiter working at a restaurant at the airport, on October 25, when the accused claimed to be his fan and approached him for a selfie. He was scheduled to leave for Hyderabad and was waiting in the VIP lounge.
Andhra DGP RP Thakur said that the accused was a fan of Jagan and attacked him for 'publicity'. Earlier this week, Jagan wrote to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, seeking central intervention on the attack.
In the letter, the YSRCP chief claimed that the investigation by the state government was â€śundertaken in a predetermined and deficient mannerâ€ť, adding that the inquiry had arrived at a â€śpremature conclusionâ€ť and tried to portray the attack as an â€śinternal ployâ€ť of the YSRCP.
The YSRCP chief also moved the Hyderabad High Court, seeking the same. He also pointed out that the DGPâ€™s press conference was held within an hour of the attack without proper investigation, thereby suspecting foul play.
Meanwhile, YSRCP General Secretary Vijaysai Reddy spoke to reporters and hit out at Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu, daring him to hand over the investigation to the CBI, or to any other central investigative agency.
In a related development, the HC on Thursday directed the Registry to tag Jagan's petition as a Public Interest Litigation, to be hard by a bench headed by the Chief Justice, and posted the case to Tuesday for hearing.