IAS officer Sreeram Venkataraman who was arrested for drunken driving that resulted in the death of a senior journalist has been suspended from the government service on Monday.
Meanwhile, the test report of Sreeram's blood sample has confirmed that there was no presence of alcohol. Later police have submitted the blood test report, which was prepared in an analytical lab by Kerala police, in the court.
It is alleged that as the blood sample was drawn from Sreeram's body after 10 hours of accident had helped him to get an advantage in the test report. So, it is doubtful whether 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code can be charged against Sreeram. The Police remand report was also ambivalent about the alcohol consumption by Sreeram.
Police came under severe criticism as it took nearly ten hours for them to collect the blood sample of the officer for medical examination, even as eyewitnesses told the police and the media that Venkitaraman was found drunk behind the wheels.
Mr. Venkitaraman’s co-passenger, Wafa Firoze, had testified before a magistrate that the bureaucrat appeared “drunk” and had insisted on driving the vehicle at high speed despite her protests.
Sreeram Venketaraman is currently lodged in the prisoner’s cell at the Government Medical College Hospital (MCH).