Another charge sheet against Srilakshmi in OMC case

IAS officer charged with deleting a word from govt order

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Friday filed an additional charge sheet naming former Andhra Pradesh Secretary of Industries In-charge Mines, Y Srilakshmi, in the Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) case.

The CBI in its charge sheet termed the senior IAS officer  accused number six and pointed out that the officer has intentionally deleted the word “captive’ from the final Government Order, there by paving way for the OMC to mine the iron ores even before the company had built a steel plant to utilise it.

The agency further said the officer has used her position to benefit a particular company without any concern for the revenue to the exchequer.

The investigating agency submitted a 39-page charge sheet in special CBI court that includes 11 witnesses including the then Mining Minister P Sabita Indra Reddy and 14 sets of supporting documents.

The CBI had in December, 2011 filed the186-page charge sheet against former Karnataka minister Gali Janardhana Reddy, B V Srinivasa Reddy, Managing Director OMCPl, V D Rajagopal, the then Director, Mines and Geology, Andhra Pradesh government; and late R Linga Reddy, the then Assistant Director Mines, and Geology, Anantapur.

The cases were filed under sections 120-B r/w 420 (Cheating), 409 , 468 (Forgery for the purpose of Cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of Indian Penal Code; Section 13(2) r/w 13 (1) (d) (Criminal Misconduct) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 in Obulapuram mining case.

However, the CBI had not mentioned the name of Srilakshmi in the charge sheet, as the agency needed permission from the Centre and the collection of evidence against her was in progress.

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