Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Monday cancelled the bail of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer Y. Srilakshmi in an illegal mining case. The court directed her to surrender before the special court for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) cases before January 6.

The high court order came on a petition by the CBI, challenging a special court's Dec 2 order that granted bail to Srilakshmi.

The investigating agency had argued that the officer could influence the investigations. The court agreed with the CBI's argument that it was not proper to release Srilakshmi on bail when the investigations were on and other accused in jail.

The high court Dec 16 had cancelled the bail of V.D. Rajagopal, the former vice chairman and managing director of the state-owned Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation (APMDC).

Rajagopal, former Karnataka minister G. Janardhana Reddy and his brother-in-law B.V. Srinivasa Reddy are currently lodged in Chanchalguda Central Jail here in the illegal mining case.

Srilakshmi was granted bail by the CBI court Dec 2, a day after she was sent to jail.

She was the family welfare commissioner at the time of her arrest by the CBI Nov 28.

The federal investigative agency questioned her for three days with regard to the alleged favours shown by her in granting iron ore mining leases to Obulapuram Mining Company (OMC) owned by Janardhana Reddy.

The 1988-batch IAS officer was secretary of industries in the Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy government when OMC was granted leases for iron ore mining in Anantapur district.

The state government suspended her on the day when she was remanded to judicial custody.