Amid drama, remanded Kerala IAS officer Sriram shifted to Medical College hospital
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Amid drama, remanded Kerala IAS officer Sriram shifted to Medical College hospital

By The News Minute calender  05-Aug-2019

Amid drama, remanded Kerala IAS officer Sriram shifted to Medical College hospital

Kerala IAS officer Sriram Venkitaraman who has been remanded by police and admitted at a super specialty hospital in Thiruvananthapuram following an accident that resulted in the death of a journalist, was shifted to Government Medical College on Sunday after much drama. 
The IAS officer was arrested on Saturday following the accident that killed 35-year-old journalist KM Basheer. Though later on Saturday he was remanded by the judicial magistrate for 14 days, Sriram was allowed to continue in the hospital.
This kicked up a controversy as media raised questions on why Sriram was allowed to continue in a super speciality hospital and not being shifted to Government Medical College as is done usually. Reports had also stated that Sriram was getting luxury treatment inside the hospital, and that he was even found to be using phone and WhatsApp.
The investigation officials or the hospital administration have not officially put out a statement on the health condition of Sriram, on what was the requirement for him to continue his stay at the super speciality hospital. This is even after media and a section of political leaders including Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, demanded to know the medical condition of the IAS officer.
Following the controversy, orders were given to the administration of KIMS hospital, where he was admitted, for him to be shifted from there.
Sriram was seen with his face covered as he was carried in a stretcher into the ambulance from KIMS. Though it was reported initially that Sriram will be shifted to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, he was directly taken to the house of judicial magistrate Amal SR. The IAS officer was then taken to District Jail in Thiruvananthapuram after the magistrate examined him inside the ambulance.
According to reports, the magistrate had stated that there was no need for Sriram to be admitted in hospital if his condition was found to be better.
Though Sriram was finally brought to the District Jail, he was not taken inside the prison. A medical officer who came inside the ambulance examined Sriram and after more than an hour outside the entrance of District Jail, Sriram was again shifted again from there in an ambulance to Medical College hospital.


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