Sriram Venkitaraman taken to jail, uncertainty continues over admission
Thiruvananthapuram: IAS official Sriram Venkitaraman, accused in the death of a journalist in a car accident was taken to district jail here on Sunday. The magistrate has ordered to take him to the prison. It is not confirmed that whether he will be taken inside the jail or not as the jail authority not repsonded on the matter. Sriram and the investigation officials are waiting outside the jail for an hour.
Sriram has been waiting inside the ambulance as the procedures to take him to the jail are not completed yet. It is reported that the jail doctor will examine him to confirm whether he should be accepted as an inmate in jail.
After discharging from KIMS hospital, he was produced before the magistrate on Sunday evening. Visiting the accused, the magistrate observed that the accused has no health issues to get admitted in a hospital.
The magistrate has issued the order after reviewing the medical report.
Earlier, it was reported that he will be shifted to Govt. Medical college from the private hospital.
He was discharged from the private hospital around 5.20 pm on Sunday. The civil servant was taken in an ambulance to the magistrate’s residence. The investigation officials also accompanied him.
He was shifted from the private hospital amidst mounting pressure to shift the remand prisoner to a government hospital.
Sriram Venkitaraman had allegedly driven the car in an intoxicated state and knocked down K Mohammed Basheer (35), Thiruvananthapuram Bureau Chief of Malayalam daily "Siraj" while he was riding a motorcycle. The accident took place on Saturday.The young journalist, who was the sole breadwinner of his family, had died on the spot.
The civil servant, who was appointed Survey Director by the cabinet on Thursday, was arrested under Section 279 (Rash driving on a public way) and 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code.
He was remanded to 14 days judicial custody on Saturday night by a Judicial First Class magistrate who visited him at the KIMS hospital.
(with added inputs from PTI)