Sriram Venkataraman remanded in judicial custody

IAS officer Sriram Venkitaraman, who was arrested on Saturday after a car he drove in an allegedly inebriated condition fatally knocked down a journalist in Thiruvananthapuram, was remanded in judicial custody, police said.

The 33-year-old IAS officer, who was appointed Survey Director by the state cabinet on Thursday, was booked under sections 279 (rash driving on a public way) and 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code, they said.

“The magistrate came to the hospital where he was admitted and remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days,” an investigating officer told.

The official has been charged under a non-bailable offence and the provision provides for a jail term of up to 10 years, IGP and Thiruvananthapuram city Police Commissioner Dhinendra Kashyap told.

Police said Sriram will remain at the hospital as the doctors advised so.

Sriram, also a doctor and Fullbright Fellow, allegedly drove his car in a rash manner and hit the stationary motorcycle of K Muhammed Basheer (35), bureau chief of Malayalam newspaper ‘Siraj’, on a road in the heart of the city as he was returning home from work.

Basheer is survived by his wife and two children.