Scribe's death: Sriram Venkitaraman's suspension extended

The Kerala government has extended the suspension of IAS officer Sriram Venkitaraman who was accused of driving a car in an inebriated condition, claiming the life of a journalist in Thiruvananthapuram on August 3.

Sriram's suspension has been extended, government sources told.

Sriram, who is under suspension since August, had in his explanation to Chief Secretary Tom Jose earlier stated that he had not driven the car at the time of the accident and had not consumed liquor.

The officer was arrested on August 3, nearly 17 hours after the luxury car driven by him while returning from a private party, hit journalist K. Muhammed Basheer killing him on the spot.

A Special Investigation Team is probing the case.

Basheer, 35, Thiruvananthapuram Bureau Chief of Malayalam daily 'Siraj' was on his way home from work and had stopped his motorcycle to attend a call when the car hit him.

Sriram, a doctor himself, had allowed police to collect his blood sample for chemical examination 9 hours after the accident and after getting himself admitted to a private hospital in Thiruvananthapuram.

His blood test had come out negative.