Journalist's death: Sriram Venkitaraman's vehicle license suspended

The driving license of IAS officer Sriram Venkitaraman was suspended on Monday by the state Motor Vehicles Department, two weeks after a car driven by him had hit and killed a journalist in Thiruvananthapuram.

The Regional Transport Officer (RTO) suspended the license for one year in the wake of the accident, in which journalist K.M Basheer had died at the spot after being hit by the luxury car driven by the officer allegedly in an inebriated condition.

Thirty two-year-old Sriram, who was placed under suspension, was arrested and later let off after a magistrate court granted him conditional bail.

There had been widespread protests over the delay in suspending his license though the MV department officials had said necessary action would be taken at the earliest.

"The vehicle license of the officer is suspended for one year. Under the relevant sections of the MV Act, he can appeal within 30 days," S.R Shaji, RTO, Thiruvananthapuram, told.