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Kerala HC rejects plea against Sriram bail

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Aug 14, 2019, 1:48 am IST
Updated Aug 14, 2019, 1:48 am IST
The failure of cops to subject Sriram to alcohol test soon after the incident was a major lapse.
Kerala High Court
 Kerala High Court

Kochi: In a major setback to the state government , the High Court on Tuesday rejected the appeal filed by it   to cancel the bail gr-anted to Sriram Venkit-raman,  IAS officer, facing charges of drunken driving leading to the death of  journalist  K. M.  Bas-heer. Upholding the Thir-uvananthapuram magistrate court verdict granting bail to  Sriram,   the HC stated that the present situation does not warrant the  custodial interrogation of the official.

Castigating the investigation process,  the court observed that the police had  not shown  the required professionalism. The police lacked  a clear standard operating procedure to handle cases linked to accidents.    

 

The failure of cops to subject Sriram to  alcohol test soon after the incident was a major lapse. The applicability of section 304 of the IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) against him has also become doubtful as the presence of alcohol could not be traced in blood samples of the accused.   The accou-nts of eyewitnesses alone cannot be relied upon to determine whether the accused was drunk or not.

The counsel for the government submitted that the accident took place because the accused was in a highly inebriated condition and that amounted to culpable homicide. The counsel for  Sriram  had argued that since alcohol was not found in the blood sample,  the charges of culpable homicide cannot be invoked.  

K..M.. Basheer, the bureau chief of Siraj daily in Thiruvanathapuram, was killed on the night of August 2  when the car allegedly driven by  Sriram  knocked him down at Kowadiar road.   Sriram, holding the post of Director Survey and Land Records Kerala, was coming out after a party with friends when the incident took place.  

Sriram  initially said he was not driving the vehicle, but Wafa Firoz, the female friend traveling with him,  said he was at the wheel.   Sriram  was discharged from the Medical College Hospital on Monday and the medical board  had recommended a month-long rest for him.

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