High Court gives relief to IAS Officer Sri Lakshmi

Friday, June 2, 2017

The Hyderabad High Court has dismissed the cases slapped on IAS officer Sri Lakshmi in connection with granting of lease to Dalmia Cements by the CBI.

It may be recalled that the CBI has registered cases against her u/s 120B, 420, 409 of IPC. Justice B.Shivasankar Rao while dismissing the cases said that Sri Lakshmi who was the then Secretary, Industries has found no prima facie evidence in allotting 408 hectares of mines at Mylavaram mandal in Kadapa district. However, the justice refused to dismiss the cases registered against her under Anti Corruption Act section 13.

It may be recalled that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested V. D. Rajagopal and Y. Srilakshmi, as third and fourth accused respectively in the investigation into illegal mining by Obulapuram Mining Company The permission for mining in Anantapur was for captive mining, i.e. the ore mined in that region is to be used in the local steel plant and not to be exported. Srilakshmi is accused of dropping the term "captive mining" in the final order approving a mining license to Obulapuram. Srilakshmi suggested that this was done at the insistence of the former Minister of Mines and current Andhra Pradesh Home minister Sabitha Indra Reddy. However the CBI defended the Home minister, who is a senior local politician of the ruling Congress party] She was suspended from the IAS after 48 hours of police custody. She received conditional bail on 2 December 2011. The Andhra Pradesh High Court cancelled bail on 2 Jan 2012 and Srilakshmi was taken into judicial custody. Srilakshmi was again granted interim bail on 9 October 2012 till 20 January 2013 with Rs. 50,000 bond.

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