June 03, Colombo: The Colombo Magistrate’s Court Wednesday granted bail to former Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Welikada Police, Assistant Police Superintendent Sudath Asmadala, who was arrested on suspicion of covering up for a car accident involving former minister Patali Champika Ranwaka in 2016.
The Colombo Additional Magistrate Kanchana Neranjana de Silva also dismissed a request made by the Attorney General and the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) yesterday for an arrest warrant for the former OIC of Welikada Police.
The Deputy Solicitor General stated in court that the suspect Sudath Asmadala is attempting to conceal the truth by hiding the details on the main accused of the traffic accident.
The state prosecutor said if the suspect is released in this backdrop, the investigation would be hampered and requested the court to remand the suspect until the CCD can record a statement.
After considering the submissions, the Colombo Additional Magistrate stated that a suspect cannot be remanded only on the grounds of obtaining a statement.
Since it has not been shown that the suspect is a person who has a tendency to evade the judiciary or there is no satisfactory explanation that the investigation could be interrupted, the Magistrate ordered that the suspect be released on bail in accordance with the provisions of the Bail Act.
Accordingly, Mr. Sudath Asmadala was released on a personal surety of Rs. 500,000.
Former minister Ranawaka has been named as a suspect in the accident in Rajagiriya in 2016 when his vehicle collided with a motorcycle injuring the rider of the motorcycle.
Ranawaka has maintained that he was not in the car when the accident happened and that the motorcyclist hit the vehicle while his chauffeur was driving it.
The former minister has said the case was closed with a fine issued to his chauffeur but the new government reopened it for political revenge.