Kerala High Court refused to stay the bail granted to bureaucrat Sriram Venkitaraman in the case of an accident that led to the death of journalist KM Basheer in Thiruvananthapuram recently.
The court said it could neither cancel the bail granted by the Thiruvananthapuram judicial magistrate court nor order a stay on it while rejecting the state government plea to cancel the licence.
Sriram was allegedly inebriated when the speeding vehicle he was in hit Basheer's vehicle from behind killing him. Witness accounts said Sriram was at the wheel.
The court pointed to lapses on the part of police during the probe as proper procedures were not followed even during the short period he was in custody.
The medical inspection was delayed and there were no guidelines for the police to handle accident cases. Worse still, the court observed that a case could not be registered on the basis of a statement by just one witness. His blood sample, taken hours after the accident, showed no traces of alcohol. "The charges of IPC 304, registered against him, will not be valid. Don't try to resolve lapses from police at the court," the bench warned.