Andhra Pradesh: After 77 days of investigation and interrogation of over 2000 people, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the murder of former minister YS Vivekananda Reddy, announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh to anyone who gives reliable and credible information in connection with the case.
The CBI has said that people who provide the agency with credible information will get the cash reward and their identities will also be kept secret.
Since the CBI took over the case, they have been actively trying to find a lead but haven’t been able to do so thus far.
The CBI special teams, so far have questioned close to 2000 witnesses, including the family members and close aides of the deceased but have not been able to ascertain the motives or the people who were involved in the murder.
After all the efforts, the CBI has now resorted to cash rewards in order to encourage people who can come forward with any credible information.
YS Vivekananda Reddy, the paternal uncle of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy, was found murdered under suspicious conditions at his residence on March 14, just a month before the assembly elections in the state.
Within minutes of the murder, Jagan’s own media company Sakshi had started pushing a narrative that YS Viveka had died of a heart attack.
However, as the photos of the bodies of the slain MP surfaced online people started questioning the narrative that was being pushed.
After YS Jagan got elected as the CM, his cousin and daughter of the slain ex-MP Dr Sunitha approached the court requesting transfer of case to the CBI.
So far, the only lead that the CBI has found is that a sum of Rs 7 crores was paid to assassinate the former MP.
Recently, Dr Sunitha had also demanded that her family be provided with security as she fears for their safety.
The CBI has also not been able to recover the murder weapon yet.