Renu Raj said she played by the book and is convinced that it was the right decision at that time.
The District Collectors of Alappuzha, Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Idukki and Thrissur had declared a holiday for educational institutions timely.
The development comes amid protests from various quarters. Sriram is an accused in a drunk-driving accident that caused the death of journalist KM Basheer in 2019.
Venkitaraman took charge from his wife Dr Renu Raj who has been appointed Ernakulam district collector.
Ernakulam Collector Jafar Malik made new PRD Director, Navjot Khosa new Joint Secretary of Health.
The ceremony was a low-key affair and was attended by close friends and family.
Renu Raj is the district collector of Alappuzha and Venkitaraman is the MD of Kerala Medical Services Corporation.
Earlier, Chitharanjan had given a complaint to Alappuzha District Collector Dr Renu Raj against the hotel for fleecing him.
Renju Raj said there was no legal sanctity for penalising a hotel that is accused of overcharging.
The new collector was accompanied by her parents and sister as she arrived at the Alappuzha District Collectorate on Thursday morning.