Venkitaraman was put behind bars for alleged drunken driving that caused the death of a journalist, Basheer (35) was killed after a speeding car driven by Sriram rammed into his bike in Thiruvananthapuram a few weeks back.
The IAS officer was returning from a party and was accompanied by a friend when the accident took place. He was reportedly in an inebriated state while driving the car.
Basheer, who was the Chief of the Trivandrum bureau of Malayalam daily Siraj, was rushed to a government hospital, but could not be saved. Sriram, who also sustained injuries in the accident, was also taken to a nearby hospital.
The police have registered a case under Section 279 (for reckless driving) and 304 (for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code.