Sriram Venkitaraman deliberately tried to delay blood examination, says charge sheet
Thiruvananthapuram: The copy of the charge sheet filed against Sriram Venkitaraman IAS in the case relating to the death of journalist K M Basheer was obtained by Mathrubhumi News. Sriram had tried to destroy evidences, the charge sheet stated. He objected to collecting blood samples even when he was under treatment at a private hospital and he deliberately tried to delay the procedures, it further said.
Serious charges including Sriram trying to destroy evidences after Basheer’s death is mentioned in the report along with supporting evidences. He had told police at the crime scene that his friend Wafa Firoz had driven the vehicle that caused the accident.
After Basheer was taken to hospital, Sriram was taken to Museum Police Station. But he demanded to be taken to Thiruvananthapuram medical college claiming to be injured. Following this he was taken to general hospital here but he objected to blood test. Even when doctor said he was smelling of alcohol, he didn’t corporate for blood test, said the charge sheet.
It further said that a doctor and a friend of Sriram then arrived at the general hospital and took Sriram to KIMS stating they were going to medical college. This was without the knowledge of the police. Even after reaching there, Sriram provided false information about the accident.
He told doctors at KIMS that his car rammed into the compound wall and was injured. He again objected to blood test at the hospital. Witnesses’ statements proving these details are added in the charge sheet.
However, the charge sheet said it was Sriram, who was behind the wheels when the accident took place. This was confirmed with scientific evidences and statements from doctors.
The car was being driven at speed above 100km/hr and he was in an inebriated state, the report said.
Wafa had been charged with the offence of allowing drunk Sriram to take the driver’s seat.