Two Kerala cadre IAS officers ,Sriram Venkitaraman and Asif K Yusuf who were election observers in Tamil Nadu are called back by the Election commission of India to Kerala.
Media had widely reported that a Kerala based news paper group ,”Siraj”of the powerful Islamic preacher Kanthapuram Aboobacker Musaliar had petitioned the Chief electoral officer Kerala to call Sriram back. An FIR has been registered against Sriram in a case related to the death of the “Siraj news paper”, Thiruvananthapuram burueu chief KM Basheer on the early hours of August 3,2019. It was alleged that Sriram who was driving a car under the influence of alcohol had hit Basheer and killed him instantly.
Asif K Yusuf is facing criminal charges on furnishing non creamy layer certificate with fudged income details to.claim OBC reservation for getting into.Civil services. Asif is replaced by Kerala Ayush secretary ,Dr Sharmila Mary Joseph IAS and Venkitaraman by Jaffer Malik IAS. It is to be noted that election commission guidelines prevent officers with tainted background being sent on election duty as observer