SIT to probe IAS officer’s accident case; SI suspended for lapses in duty
Thiruvananthapuram: A Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by the ADGP (Law and Order) Sheikh Darvesh Saheb has been appointed to investigate the accident in which an IAS officer Sriram Venkitaraman’s car hit and killed a journalist. Jayaprakash, Crime SI of Museum Police Station, was suspended for the lapses in following the procedures after the accident took place.
Sriram Venkitaraman was suspended in connection with the accident in which Thiruvananthapuram bureau chief of Siraj daily K. M. Basheer was killed. Chief Secretary Tom Jose’s order suspending Sriram Venkitaraman from the position of Survey Director was issued on Monday. Sriram was suspended as he has been remanded in a case that may invite up to 10 years imprisonment.
Sriram in ICU
Sriram was shifted from medical college jail cell to the ICU of Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, as directed by the surgeons. The Medical Board claimed this move was due to suspicions regarding internal injuries.
Sriram was first admitted to surgical ICU and then to trauma ICU in super specialty wing. Medical Board directed that he should be under observation for 72 hours. If the test results are normal, he is likely to be taken back to the hospital cell.
Wafa’s statement against Sriram
Meanwhile, Sriram’s female friend Wafa Firoz who was with him in the car at the time of accident said in her confidential statement given to the police that Sriram was overspeeding. She added that she had asked Sriram to slow down but the IAS officer did not listen. Sriram’s blood test report was conducted nine hours after the accident took place and no trace of alcohol was found in it.