Srilakshmi sent to judicial custody

Despite the CBI’s request for a 15-day custody, the court gave only three days and directed the CBI to produce her before the court again on December 1.

Yerra Srilakshmi was a IAS topper in 1988, but has earned  the dubious distinction of being the first woman officer to be arrested for graft charges.

Wife of a senior IPS officer  and mother of two boys, Srilakshmi’s actions in the mining department, where she was posted for almost five years during  the YSR regime, led her to jail.

Eight years ago, she was hailed as an efficient IAS officer by former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu who retained her in the urban development, industries and textiles for two terms each.

His successor Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, too, retained her continuously in the industries for over five years.

It was only K Rosaiah as chief minister who was able to break her stint in the key portfolio which caused a stir in the IAS lobby in the state. Besides her close proximity to wielders of power, Srilakshmi had also played her caste card (a Kapu). Even actor Chiranjeevi had made futile efforts to lobby for her till the last minute.

The remand note on Srilakshmi has nailed her complicity in the OMC licence episode. The note submitted to the CBI designated court on Monday evening indicted her for negating even the GoI directive to consider the applications of others for the Obulapuram mining lease.

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