Kerala govt offers job to late journalist's wife

The Kerala cabinet decided to provide a government job to the wife of a senior journalist, who was killed after being hit by a car driven by IAS officer Sriram Venkitaraman last week.

After chairing the cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Pinarayi VIjayan told that the wife of late K. Muhammed Basheer would be appointed in a suitable post at the state-run Thuchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University in Malappuram, in accordance with her qualification.

A financial aid of Rs 6 lakh would also be given to his family-two lakh each to his mother and two children, he added.

Basheer (35), the Thiruvananthapuram bureau chief of Malayalam daily "Siraj" was killed on the spot when the luxury car driven by the IAS officer, allegedly in an inebriated condition, had hit him in the wee hours of August 3.

The government's solace to the family comes a day after the Kerala High Court had dismissed its plea seeking the cancellation of the bail granted by a magistrate court in Thiruvananthapuram to Sriram, who was arrested for alleged drunken driving that caused the death of the journalist.