NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a bail petition filed by senior IAS officer Y Srilakshmi, who was arrested for her alleged role in the Obulapuram mining scam.
A Bench comprising Justice H L Dattu and Justice C K Prasad asked Srilakshmi to move the Court of the Special CBI Judge in Hyderabad, which deals with the case, for a regular bail.
Senior advocate L Nageshwar Rao, appearing for the IAS officer, told the Bench that she had already undergone imprisonment for 90 days and that the chargesheet had already been filed. “I’ve come up against cancellation of bail by the High Court,” the counsel informed the Bench. To this, Justice Dattu said: “You can go before the trial court and seek a regular bail.” In a brief order, Justice Dattu said: “The CBI has filed the supplementary chargesheet before the Special Judge, Hyderabad. In view of this development, we need not go into the correctness of the orders passed by the High Court dated January 2, 2012. The trial court shall decide uninfluenced by any observations made by the High Court.” The High Court had cancelled the bail of the IAS officer on the grounds that there is every possibility of she tampering with the evidence and influencing the witnesses.
Additional Solicitor General Vivek Tankha, who appeared for the CBI, opposed Srilakshmi’s bail application.