Suspended IAS officer Y. Srilakshmi was granted two-month extension of her existing interim bail from January 21 to March 20 on medical grounds by the Principal Special Court for CBI Cases here on Saturday.

Her existing interim bail granted by the court on the same grounds from October 8 last year expires on January 20. The sixth-accused in the illegal mining case of Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) is currently admitted to the CMC Hospital at Vellore in Tamil Nadu for treatment and rehabilitation programme to regain the lost sensation in her left lower limb caused by paralysis of muscles.

She pleaded for two-month extension of her interim bail to get the rehabilitation programme completed. The court overlooked the plea of the CBI that the accused should undergo validation of her medical status before a medical board of Central government doctors, while extending the interim bail. The court agreed with defence counsel’s argument that it was for the CBI to verify the authenticity of medical reports

even after being given time, but it had failed to even visit the CMC Hospital. The court directed Ms. Srilakshmi to appear before it on March 21.

Meanwhile, former Director of Mines V.D. Rajagopal, third-accused in the case, was released from Chanchalguda prison here on Saturday after he was granted bail by the court on Friday.

The court overlooked the plea of the CBI that the accused should undergo validation of medical status before a medical board