SC declines interim bail to woman IAS officer

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 20:46

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today posted to
February 27 hearing on the interim bail plea of Andhra Pradesh
IAS officer Y Srilakshmi, one of the accused in the Obulapuram
Mining Company case involving Karnataka`s Reddy brothers.

A bench of justices H L Dattu and C K Prasad said it
would examine the reply filed by the CBI opposing the bail
plea and pass necessary orders thereafter.
The CBI through Additional Solicitor General Vivek
Tankha, opposed her bail plea on the ground that she was a
senior IAS officer and her husband, being an IPS officer,
there was a possibility of the accused tampering with the
evidence and witnesses.

At the last hearing senior counsel L Nageswara Rao and
Mukul Rohtagi had given an assurance that the woman IAS
officer was "willing to move out of the state" to avoid any
apprehension of her interfering with the investigation
process.

The high court had earlier cancelled Srilakshmi`s bail
granted by a special CBI court in Hyderabad and directed her
to surrender before January 6, upon which she moved the apex
court.
However, the Supreme Court too had at that time refused
to interfere with the order, following which she surrendered.

The special CBI court in Hyderabad had earlier granted a
conditional bail to Srilakshmi, who was holding the charge of
Secretary, Mines, at the time of the alleged scam in 2007 and
was arrested on a charge of abusing the official position to
grant favours to former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhan
Reddy-owned OMC.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 20:46

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