The Andhra Pradesh High Court has granted bail to Jallipalli Srinivasa Rao, the individual accused of attacking then-opposition leader and current Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy with a knife at Visakhapatnam Airport on October 25, 2018. Rao’s bail plea was heard by the High Court, which had reserved its order on January 24. The decision to release him on bail was made on Thursday, upon the production of a surety for ₹25,000.
Srinivasa Rao had spent the past five years in remand at Rajahmundry and Visakhapatnam jails. As a condition of his bail, the High Court has directed Rao not to communicate with electronic or print media outlets. Previously, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) court had granted bail to Srinivasa Rao, but this decision was subsequently overturned after NIA officials approached the High Court.
The incident in question involved Srinivasa Rao allegedly attacking Jagan Mohan Reddy with a rooster knife near the VIP lounge of Visakhapatnam Airport. Reportedly, Rao approached Jagan Mohan Reddy under the pretext of offering him a cup of coffee and taking a selfie together. However, he then brandished the blade typically used in rooster fights and inflicted an injury on the then-opposition leader’s shoulder.
Following the attack, Jagan Mohan Reddy received medical treatment for his injury in Hyderabad after boarding a plane from Visakhapatnam Airport. The circumstances surrounding the incident have garnered significant attention, and Rao’s release on bail adds a new dimension to the ongoing legal proceedings related to the case.