SC refuses relief for woman IAS in mining scam



New Delhi: Senior Andhra Pradesh IAS officer Y Srilakshmi, one of the accused in the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) case involving Karnataka's Reddy brothers on Friday suffered a setback with the Supreme Court refusing to take up her bail plea which was earlier cancelled by the high court.

The high court had earlier cancelled her bail granted by the special CBI court and had directed her to surrender before January 6, upon which she moved the apex court.

A bench of justices H L Dattu and C K Prasad refrained from taking up her bail plea made through senior counsel Vishwanathan and Mukul Rohtagi during the mentioning time and said the matter would come up on the notified date (January 16).

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 was arrested on a charge of abusing the official position to grant favours to former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhan Reddy- owned OMC.

On December 2, the high court reversed the order and asked the 1988-batch officer, who was suspended, to surrender before the CBI special court before January 6. The high court observed that Srilakshmi had betrayed her official duty and did not deserve the bail, which the lower court granted wrongly.

The CBI had argued that as she was an IAS officer and as her husband was an IPS officer, there was a chance that evidence would be tampered with if she was set free.

PTI