Kerala: Charge sheet filed against IAS officer Sriram Venkitaraman in a drunk driving case

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: On Saturday a case file was filed in a local court against, accused as the first defendant in the case related to knocking out a journalist while driving a car in an intoxicated state in August last year.

Wafa Feroze, her friend, who was also in the luxury car, is the second defendant in the case and has been accused of inciting the officer to rush the car.

The 70-page charge sheet was filed with the first class court of first instance by the Special Investigation Team of the Crimes branch, which investigated the case.

The charge sheet listed 100 witnesses and presented 75 evidence materials.

He claims that the 33-year-old officer, now suspended, was drunk and was behind the wheel in the speeding car while returning from a private party on August 3 last year past midnight, police sources said.

The high-speed car hit the journalist K M Basheer, who was on his motorcycle, killing him on the spot.

Venkitaraman, a doctor, allowed the police to collect his blood sample for examination nine hours after the accident and after he was admitted to a private hospital here.

His arrest was recorded almost 17 hours later.

The officer was taken to the medical school hospital after Basheer's family and media personnel protested the five-star treatment he was given at the private KIMS hospital.

Appointed Director of Surveys by the state cabinet in August 2019, Venkitaraman was booked under Sections 279 (reckless driving on a public highway) and 304 (penalty for guilty manslaughter that does not amount to murder) of the Indian Criminal Code and property damage public

He was suspended from service and his driver's license was canceled.

On Thursday, the state government extended its suspension for another 90 days.