IAS officer, accused in death of journalist, removed as Alappuzha district collector after protests


Sriram Venkitaraman, an IAS officer- an accused within the loss of life of a journalist in a drunk-driving case, has been faraway from the put up of Alappuzha district collector. The event comes after protest marches have been held by a number of organisations and Youth wing of the Congress occasion in Thiruvananthapuram and Collectorates in different districts in opposition to the appointment of Sriram Venkitaraman because the Alappuzha collector.

Venkitaraman is an accused in a drunk-driving accident that prompted the loss of life of a journalist, Okay M Basheer, Bureau Chief of, Malayalam every day Siraj. He’s the primary accused within the controversial drunken driving accident that prompted the loss of life of journalist Okay M Basheer on August 3, 2019.

Venkitaraman has been appointed because the Basic Supervisor, Kerala State Civil Provides Company Restricted by the Kerala authorities.

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The organisations and the opposition occasion demanded that Sriram’s appointment needs to be revoked.

In keeping with the orders of the Kerala authorities, V R Okay Teja Mylavarapu, 2015 batch IAS officer, Director, Scheduled Castes Growth Division has been transferred and posted as District Collector, Alappuzha.

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The IAS officer was getting back from a late-night occasion along with his buddy Waha Firoz, who owns the automobile. He was inebriated and was talking on the telephone on the time of the accident.

It’s alleged that the police, after coming to know that the accused was an IAS officer, delayed even the obligatory medical checks in case of a street accident.

Venkitaraman was serving because the Managing director of Kerala Medical Providers Company earlier than the federal government ordered his switch to Alappuzha. Sriram returned from the US after spending a 12 months in Harvard final week and was posted as Director of Survey and land Information on August 1. He was second topper within the 2012 batch and a health care provider by coaching.

Throughout his tenure as Sub-collector in Devikulam in Idukki district, he cracked down on the land mafia in Idukki and courted controversies when he acted in opposition to native CPI(M) legislator who had encroached on some land. Sriram was transferred earlier than his time period accomplished in Devikulam.

In 2020, the Kerala authorities reinstated suspended IAS officer and appointed him as Joint secretary within the well being division, which invited extreme criticism.

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