HYDERABAD: While refusing to grant interim stay on the proceedings before the trial court, the Hyderabad High Court on Friday directed the CBI to file counter affidavit within six weeks to a plea filed by senior IAS officer Y Srilakshmi, who is presently under suspension in the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) illegal mining case. Justice SV Bhatt was dealing with a writ petition by Srilakshmi, who described her arrest by the CBI in the OMC case as illegal and contrary to a judgment of the Supreme Court. She sought the High Court to grant stay of all further proceedings pending against her before the trial Court.
Senior counsel R Basanth, arguing for Srilakshmi, told the court that the CBI had framed the case against her on a wrong premise that she had removed the clause ‘captive mining’ while finalizing mining lease in favor of OMC.
Citing the judgment of the Supreme Court delivered in M/s Sandur Manganese and Iron Ore Ltd versus State of Karnataka which explicitly banned issuance of mining licenses for captive purposes, the senior counsel asked how can she be punished for an action that was in tune with the order of the Apex Court. If she had inserted such a condition as a prerequisite for awarding the lease, then it would have against the law, he argued. The senior counsel sought an interim stay on all further proceedings in the OMC case pending before the Special CBI Court, Hyderabad in respect of the petitioner.