An investigation has commenced into the allegations that several senior Police officers tried to pressure the CID not to arrest the ‘kapuwa’ of the Metaramba Sathara Maha Dewalaya over accusation of sexually molesting a number of students at a popular boys’ school in Galle, Southern province SDIG Ajith Rohana said.
The CID arrested the suspect, Batagodage Wesley Keerthi Kumara on 11 August and after being produced in the Galle Magistrate’s Court, he was remanded until 23 August.
Three students who are confirmed to be victims were also produced in Court. The Magistrate ordered them to be produced before the Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) at Karapitiya Teaching Hospital and a report submitted to Court.
The CID said that the suspect has filmed these sexual activities and sold them to overseas buyers. According to the CID, the suspect has given money to the victims amounting to between Rs 30,000 and 40,000 and due to this some parents have allegedly sent the children to his residences.
The suspect, who has frequently made appearances on local TV channels to preach pseudoscience, has allegedly tried to bribe the CID officers when they went to arrest him. With his arrest, several powerful politicians in Galle and senior Police officers have allegedly tried to intervene to secure his release, the CID said.
(Dial 1929; the hotline of the NCPA to report child abuses)
BY Farhan Nisamdeen – Galle