Published On: Mon, Aug 5th, 2019

Kerala IAS officer Sriram suspended; SIT constituted

New Delhi: Kerala IAS officer Sriram Venkitaraman was suspended on Monday and a special investigation team formed by the government, two days after his arrest for alleged drunken driving that caused the death of a journalist here.

Kerala IAS officer Sriram Venkitaraman

The 33-year old officer, under judicial remand, was under observation at the Intensive Care Unit of the Government Medical College Hospital here even as police said the result of his blood test was negative for alcohol trace.

In a related development, a bail application filed by Venkitaraman was opposed by the police in a court here which adjourned the matter to Tuesday. A sub-inspector of police was suspended for alleged lapses in initial investigation after an inquiry, police said.

The order of suspension was issued by state Chief Secretary Tom Jose based on a direction by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, official sources said.

“The Government views the matter seriously and accordingly Shri Sriram V, IAS (KL 2013) is placed under suspension with immediate effect under Rule 3(3) of the All India Services (Discipline & Appeal) Rules, 1969”, the order said.

The opposition Congress led UDF had demanded the suspension of the officer.

The government, which has asserted it would not protect any official who violated law, appointed the Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by ADGP Sheikh Darvesh Sahib, to probe the case against the IAS officer.

PTI

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