25th July, 2004 Volume 11, Issue 2
inquiry into CJ's case
Police Commission (NPC) Chief, Ranjit Abeysuriya said he has ordered for
statements to be recorded from police officers conducting the fact finding
inquiry into the case involving Chief Justice Sarath N.
action is in response to a letter sent by President's Counsel Desmond
Fernando who has complained against the conduct of senior police officers
attached to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU). Fernando, who had
accompanied Chief Inspector C.V. Weerasena to the SIU, charges that SIU
Head, SSP E.L.L. Amarasekera and SP Roshan Fernando had attempted to
coerce Weerasena into saying that the person he has identified to be the
Chief Justice inside a parked car with a young lady is not he, but a man
of very dark complexion, who had a pot belly and moustache.
has charged that when he accompanied Weerasena to the SIU, Fernando
and Amarasekera shown
CI Weerasena the front page of the Ravaya newspaper of July 11, which
carried a photograph of the Chief Justice and told him that the police
constables who had been involved in the incident had stated this
photograph was not the photograph of the person they found in the car on
the night of July 6 at the Nagahamulla area in Diyawannawa. They had said
the male in the car has been described by the constables as a person who
was very dark in complexion, had a pot belly and a big moustache. Fernando
maintains that Weerasena was told by the senior officers that if he could
say the same thing they will not put Weerasena in trouble and that they
would close the file.
the light of this charge Police Commission Chief Abeysuriya said a
statement from CI Weerasena will be recorded first by the commission and
thereafter two statements taken from the police officers concerned at the
however ruled out the possibility of taking this investigation away from
officers serving under the IGP and placing it under the direction of the
Police Commission. "That, we cannot possibly do," he said,
explaining, "this is merely a fact finding inquiry and we cannot act
on that request."
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