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Kerala IAS official accused in death of journalist discharged from hospital
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Kerala IAS official accused in death of journalist discharged from hospital

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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 12: Sriram Venkitaraman, the accused IAS official in the accidental death of a journalist, has been discharged from the Medical College Hospital here on Monday.

A medical team who assessed the health condition of the official recommend the discharge and advised him to take four week rest, sources said.

KM Basheer (35), bureau chief of Malayalam daily 'Siraj,' was killed in a road accident, few days ago, when the bike in which he was riding hit by the speeding car driven by the IAS official, who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

Later, the police also recorded the statement of his model-friend, Ms Wafa Firoze, who was also in the car during the accident. She said the car was driven by the IAS official.

Earlier, the Kerala High Court refused to stay the bail order issued by a court to the suspended IAS official in the case.

This was followed by an appeal filed by the State Government seeking to stay the bail granted to the official by the Vanchiyoor First Class Magistrate court.

It was alleged that his blood test was conducted after nine hours of the accident. The delay in taking the blood samples was the main reason for not proving the presence of alcohol in his blood. (UNI)