Thiruvananthapuram: The management of Siraj Daily has moved the court seeking to subject Sriram Venkitaraman to a dopamine test after an overspeeding and rashly driven car, reportedly driven by the IAS officer fatally knocked down their Thiruvananthapuram bureau chief K. M. Basheer.
Dopamine test is conducted to find out if a person had sued drugs. The management of Siraj Daily has moved the court seeking to check if Sriram Venkitaraman was under the influence of drugs at the time of accident.
According to the petition, Basheer was fatally knocked down by an overspeeding car rashly driven by Sriram Venkitaraman in the wee hours of Saturday. “Ever since the accident, the IAS officer joined hands with the museum crime Sub Inspector to sabotage the case, the petition said. Sriram’s blood test, which is a crucial evidence in the case, was conducted nine hours after the accident,” the petition alleged.
“Using his power and position to influence police, the accused delayed the blood test which should have been conducted immediately after the accident. This indicates the criminal nature of the accused. There are doubts regarding intervention of higher officials in the case. In this situation, the accused will try to destroy evidence including statements of witnesses and sabotage the case if granted bail,” the petition said.
Hence, the accused must not be granted bail, the petition sought. Moreover, an investigation must be held against the police and other officials who intervened to destroy crucial evidence and sabotage the case, the petition demanded. Advocate S. Chandrasekharan Nair appeared for the petitioner.