Kochi: In the accident case involving Sriram Venkitaraman IAS that resulted in the death of a journalist, the Kerala high Court noted that it can’t cancel or issue a stay on his bail. Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan completely rejected the arguments cited in the petition filed by the government requesting to cancel Sriram’s bail granted by Thiruvananthapuram Judicial Magistrate Court 3.
Meanwhile, the court observed that there were lapses from the part of police in probing the case. It also said that there was no need to take Sriram in custody and question. Police did not follow the legal procedures. Even when Sriram was in custody for one hour after the accident, they did not follow the required procedures, court further noted.
“Police did not show professionalism in investigating the case. Sriram’s medical inspection was delayed due to the lapse from police. There are no guidelines for police to handle accident cases. Framing the same is highly essential,” it observed.
A case can’t be registered based on just one witness’ statement. There is only a witness’ statement that cites Sriram was in inebriated condition. But his blood sample test couldn’t trace alcohol content. Hence the charges of IPC 304, registered against him, will not be valid. Don’t try to resolve lapses from police at the court,” it warned.
Sriram, after obtaining bail, had left the hospital the other day.