The state government had approached the Kerala HC against the Additional Sessions Court I, Trivandrum order dismissing the culpable homicide charges.
The speeding car, allegedly driven by the IAS officer, caused the death of journalist KM Basheer in 2019.
The case was shifted to the Judicial Magistrate Court 1 after the removal of Section 304 (2).
Under the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, the discharge petition is the remedy that is granted to the person who has been maliciously charged.
The discharge petition of the second accused in the case Wafa Firoz will be considered by the Principal District and Sessions Court-I today.
Basheer died on the spot when the car driven by IAS officer Sreeram Venkitaraman, allegedly in an inebriated condition, fatally knocked down the mediaperson in the wee hours of August 3, 2019.
The BJP state chief clarified that his intention was not to defend Sriram, but the latter's right to be able to work after being reinstated into service.
Venkitaraman's controversial term as Alappuzha district collector lasted just six days and he has been replaced by the popular figure of VR Krishna Teja.
According to the minister, Sriram was made GM of Supplyco without the former's knowledge. He also said the appointment will become a headache for the govt.
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.