A local court in Trivandrum has granted bail to IAS officer Sreeram Venktataraman, who is allegedly involved in drunken driving that resulted in the death of a senior Journalist KM Basheer, on Tuesday.
Judicial First Class Magistrate Aneesa granted bail after perusing the chemical examination report of Venkitaraman’s blood samples, which was found negative for alcohol content and the case diary of the police. Magistrate examined the and case diary too. The blood sample report which had found absence of concentration of alcohol in blood samples has influenced the verdict of the court.
Magistrate A. Aneesa ordered Mr. Venkataraman not to leave Kerala or commit an offence of the same nature. The Magistrate ordered his to execute two bail bonds of Rs.35,000 each and produce two persons of sound legal and financial standings as sureties.
Earlier, the prosecution challenged the bail application moved by Sreeram. But KK Dheerendra Krishnan, counsel for Mr. Venkataraman, argued that since the chemical examiner's report found the absence of concentration of alcohol in the blood sample the non-bailable sections invoked against him have to be dropped. counsel added that the provision of culpable homicide slapped by the police had no legality. He also argued that the State had falsely incriminated him in the Crime due to the undue influence of the press since the deceased is a journalist. He also said that his client had taken a stand against government and other powerful politicians in land grabbing cases. .
However, the prosecution argued that granting bail to the accused will send a wrong message to society. The prosecution also pointed out that whether he was drunk or not, he drove the car dangerously and this itself is a grave offence and hence he should not be granted bail.