Sriram Venkitaraman reinstated

The Kerala government has reinstated suspended IAS officer Sriram Venkitaraman, who was accused of driving a car in an inebriated condition and fatally knocking down a journalist in Thiruvananthapuram on August 3 last year.

Sriram has been appointed Joint secretary in the health department.

Asked about the reinstatement of the controversial officer, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, told reporters that the state government will not back anyone who had done any wrong even if he was government officer.

The case is before a court now, he said, adding there was no question of protecting wrongdoers.

The official's suspension had been extended twice.