May 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's newly appointed Attorney General has moved court against senior police officers implicated in two major cases.
The Attorney General has filed charges against former Senior DIG Anura Senanayake for concealing information on the murder of national rugby player Wasim Thajudeen. Charges against the former Senior DIG have been filed under Section 198 of the Penal Code at the High Court.
Thajudeen died on May 17, 2012 in Kirulapone when his car crashed into a wall and caught fire. Earlier it was ruled as an accidental death but the investigations by the CID had found that the player was killed before the accident and the accident was staged.
Former Officer-In-Charge of Narahenpita Police Sumith Champika Perera, former Western Province Senior DIG Anura Senanayake and former Colombo Judicial medical officer Prof. Ananda Samarasekara were arrested in connection with the cover-up after the murder but no suspect has been arrested yet for the murder of the rugby player.
While the arrested suspects have been released on bail, the AG has filed charges only on ex-SDIG Anura Senanayake.
Meanwhile, the Attorney General today (May 24) filed a case against former Senior DIG Lalith Jayasinghe over charges of abetting the chief suspect in the gang rape and murder of Jaffna school student Sivaloganathan Vidya, to escape police custody in 2015.
The Charges were also levelled against Sri Gajan who had allegedly assisted the DIG in helping chief suspect Mahalingam Shashikumar alias 'Swiss Kumar' escape custody.
Following extensive investigations, the CID in September 2017 arrested Jaffna Senior DIG Lalith Jayasinghe for assisting Swiss Kumar.
According to the Attorney General, SDIG Jayasinghe had aided 'Swiss Kumar' to escape on May 18, 2015 after he was appointed on May 13, 2015 to apprehend the suspects involved in the crime.
The 18-year-old school girl, Sivaloganathan Vidya was kidnapped, gang raped and murdered on Pungudutivu island of Jaffna in Northern Province on 13 May 2015.
Jaffna High Court on 27 September 2017 sentenced seven of the nine suspects in the brutal crime to death and acquitted the other two suspects.
The Attorney General informed court that he expects to file four case objects as evidence while also producing 26 witnesses to prove his case.