Thiruvananthapuram: Police failed to produce clear evidence against Sriram Venkitaraman at the Chief Judicial Magistrate court here in connection with the case pertaining to the death of a journalist, who was fatally knocked down by an overspeeding and rashly driven car, reportedly driven by the IAS officer.
While considering the case, the court questioned the police as to how they found that Sriram Venkitaraman was in an inebriated condition when the accident took place. The court then asked the police to submit Sriram Venkitaraman’s blood test report and the case diary. The blood report stated that the IAS officer was not under the influence of alcohol.
There are allegations that Sriram Venkitaraman’s blood test report came out negative as his blood sample was collected over nine hours after the accident. Moreover, the police are yet to collect Sriram’s fingerprints stating that the IAS officer has sustained injuries to his arm.
Fingerprints are the key evidence to prove who was driving the car when the accident took place. While Sriram Venkitaraman stated that his female friend Wafa Firoz was driving the car, the woman said Sriram was driving the car. In her confidential statement given to police, Wafa said that Sriram was in an inebriated condition and was overspeeding. Wafa added that she had asked Sriram to slow down but the IAS officer did not listen.
Forensic officials have collected fingerprints from inside the car. The fingerprint is a crucial evidence in the case after blood test report. It is in this situation that the police have delayed collecting fingerprints from the IAS officer, allegedly in an effort to sabotage the case.
It must be noted that all court documents including bail application has been signed by Sriram Venkitaraman himself. This proves that the police argument that Sriram’s fingerprints could not be collected as he is injured is not true.