Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 6, 2019: Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 6: A local court in the city will hear a bail petition moved by IAS Officer Sreeram Venkataraman on Tuesday.
The police had charged the civil servant with culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Mr. Venkataraman faces up to ten years of imprisonment and fine if convicted of the charge.
Earlier on Monday, the police vehemently opposed Mr. Venkitaraman's petition for bail. They told the court that he could sway witnesses and destroy evidence, given his top position in government. The police required Mr. Venkataraman's custody to take his fingerprints to compare it with those lifted from inside the car. But at the same time, it is said that the blood sample report could not find any alcoholic content.
Meanwhile, as found laxity in the investigation, the Museum Police Sub Inspector, who allegedly delayed the blood test of the IAS official soon after the accident, was suspended. It was alleged that the IAS official driven the car under the influence of alcohol.
Sreeram suspended from the post of Survey Director
Earlier on Monday, IAS official Sriram Venkitaraman, accused in the accidental death of the Bureau Chief of a Malayalam newspaper, was also suspended from the post of Survey Director on Monday. Chief Secretary Tom Jose issued the order after receiving a report from Director General of Police (DGP) Loknath Behra in this regard.
The 35-year-old KM Basheer, Bureau Chief of Malayalam daily 'Siraj,' was killed in the road accident when the bike in which he was riding hit by a speeding car driven by the IAS official, who was in an aberrated condition along with a woman, on early Saturday.
Spine injury for IAS officer
On Sunday, the IAS official was sent from a private hospital to the Police Cell of the Government Medical College Hospital, following a report from the jail superintendent of the district jail here. According to a medical report, the IAS official sustained spine injury in the car accident.
Police also recorded the statement of his model-friend, Ms Wafa Firoze, who was also in the car during the accident. The statement was recorded at Vanchiyoor First Class Magistrate Court. The luxury car owned by the woman was driven by the IAS official. Later, Ms Wafa Firoze, in her statement, said that the car was driven by the IAS official. UNIUNI