Illegal mining case: Andhra IAS officer gets bail

Hyderabad: A special CBI court here granted conditional bail to senior IAS officer Y Srilakshmi, arrested on charges of abusing her official position and granting favours to a mining company owned by former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhan Reddy. Later, she was released from the Chanchalguda Central Prison.

Enlarging Srilakshmi on bail, special judge B Nagamaruti Sarma, in his order, noted that "the petitioner is a woman and she is not keeping good health, and the whole case as against her is based on documents. As such I find that the citation of CBI may not to be of any help for it in support of their contention to refuse bail to the petitioner."

The 1988-batch officer was suspended from the post of Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday by the Andhra Pradesh government. She was arrested by CBI on November 28 on charges of criminal conspiracy, abusing her official position and showing favours to Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) in her capacity as then secretary of Industries and Commerce Department in 2007.

After the end of three-day CBI custody, Srilakshmi was yesterday produced before the court, which sent her to judicial custody till December 12. She was granted bail on a bond of Rs 25,000 and two sureties of like amount. Srilakshmi`s husband Gopi Krishna, a senior IPS officer, accompanied her home.

The court asked Srilakshmi to make herself available before CBI whenever required for the purpose of investigation and surrender her passport. The development comes even as CBI is set to file charge sheet in the case in a day or two. Other accused in the case are Janardhan Reddy, OMC MD B V Srinivas Reddy and then Mining and Geology Director V D Rajagopal.