The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing the illegal mining case of Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) has opposed the bail petition of suspended IAS officer Y. Srilakshmi, the sixth-accused in the case, stating that inquiry into acquiring of assets by some of the accused with the ill-gotten money is not yet completed. In its counter-affidavit to Ms. Srilakshmi’s petition, the CBI alleged that the officer had conspired with other accused persons and had done some of the accused favours by abusing her official position. The interrogation of K. Mehfuz Ali Khan, seventh-accused, in the case had revealed vital information on the ill-gotten wealth of some of the accused from the favours exchanged, the CBI stated. She had played a vital role in the case and sanction for her prosecution under the Prevention of Corruption Act was pending, the CBI explained.

The probe agency contended that giving temporary bail on health grounds did not mean that the accused should be granted regular bail. Ms. Srilakshmi’s interim bail for her treatment will expire on Jan. 20. The judged posted the case for arguments on Jan. 11. Arguments on the bail petition of another accused V.D. Rajagopal, former Director of Mines, were completed on Thursday. The judge reserved the order for Jan. 18.

‘Inquiry into acquiring of assets by some of the accused not yet over’