The IAS officer had just days before returned to Kerala after completing a Master of Public Health Programme at Harvard University in the US. Charged under a non-bailable offence, he could serve imprisonment up to 10 years if convicted.
Who is Sriram Venkitaraman? Back in 2017, after the CPI(M) leadership in Idukki locked horns with the IAS officer over the latter’s drive against encroachment, Venkataraman was removed as the sub-collector.
The victim was identified as K M Basheer (35), bureau chief of Siraj, who died on the spot after his bike got sandwiched between Venkataraman’s car and a roadside wall. The incident took place just a few meters away from the Museum police station in the city.