Objections raised by Shani’s lawyers rejected
Gampaha Magistrate Manjula Karunaratne on Wednesday (1) ordered to proceed with the case filed against Former Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Shani Abeysekera and two others on charges, including fabricating of evidence.
The Magistrate further rejected the objections, raised by the lawyers for the suspects, that the case could not be proceeded with adding that the legal basis of such objection is unclear and baseless. Further the suspects were ordered to appear before the Colombo Crimes Division on 10, 11 and 13 December to record statements required to conduct further investigations.
It was also held that although Abeysekara and former Sub Inspector of the CID Sugath Mendis were enlarged on bail by the Court of Appeal, the said decision made by the Court of Appeal did not in any manner depict that further investigation into this case should not be conducted.
The Gampaha Magistrate further held that the said suspects were enlarged on strict bail conditions while they had to also surrender their passports and any other travel document to the High Court of Gampaha while not being permitted to travel abroad without obtaining prior permission and that thereby it is evident that such order does not mean that the case could not proceed.
Further hearing of the case is due to be held on 2 March 2022. The trio was remanded over the alleged fabrication of evidence in a case filed against ex-DIG Vaas Gunawardene and several others. The Court of Appeal ordered both suspects, Abeysekara and Mendis, to be released on bail but, they were ordered to be remanded as the written bail order, issued by the Court of Appeal, had still not been received by the Gampaha Chief Magistrate’s Court.