Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
News18 English
News18 » India
1-min read

Car Driven by IAS Officer that Led to Journalist's Death was Speeding, Says Kerala CM; Assures Foolproof Probe

While government is considering the possibility of helping the deceased journalist’s family, allegations of Sriram Venkitaraman using medication to diffuse the effect of alcohol content are also being looked into.

News18

Updated:August 7, 2019, 8:11 PM IST
facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp
Car Driven by IAS Officer that Led to Journalist's Death was Speeding, Says Kerala CM; Assures Foolproof Probe
File photo of Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.
Loading...

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has assured a foolproof investigation into the death of journalist KM Basheer who passed away after he was hit by a car allegedly driven by IAS officer Sriram Venkitaraman. Strict action also awaits police officials who defaulted on duty, he added.

"We will not let anyone dilute the probe and the legal process in the matter and if anyone attempts to do so, we will take strong action against them," Vijayan said, adding it was a known fact that the car was being driven at high speed.

"We know that the car that killed KM Basheer was in high speed... initial investigation reports also suggest that the accident occurred due to the influence of drugs," he said.

While the government is considering the possibility of helping the deceased journalist’s family, allegations of Venkitaraman using medication to diffuse the effect of alcohol content are also being probed.

Vijayan said a special team has been set up to probe the delay in carrying out medical examination and registration of FIR. Steps to install CCTV cameras along the thoroughfare are also being sped up.

“A legally-aware person like Sriram committing a crime leads to serious consequences. Witnesses vouch of seeing an intoxicated Sriram. A person who knows about drunken driving, shall not commit it. If he was not drunk, isn’t he aware not to over-speed? Blood was taken from a drunken man. Investigations will tell if medicine to hide alcohol content was used,” the Chief Minister said.

Venkitaraman has been suspended as the director of Survey Department. A sub-inspector of the Museum Police station was also suspended. The Kerala High Court refused to stay a magistrate court order granting bail to Venkitaraman and the government is now challenging the court order, trying to revoke the bail.

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro and gain access to curated markets data, trading recommendations, equity analysis, investment ideas, insights from market gurus and much more. Get Moneycontrol PRO for 1 year at price of 3 months. Use code FREEDOM.

Read full article
Loading...
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch

facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp

Live TV

Loading...
Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results