Case against Rifkhan Bathiudeen: Magistrate reminds Govt Analyst
By Hansi Nanayakkara
Colombo Chief Magistrate Mohammad Mihal yesterday (22) issued a reminder to the Government Analyst’s (GA) Department, to promptly furnish a report pertaining to the documents concerning the case filed against Rifkhan Bathiudeen, a sibling of Parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen and another suspect.
Rifkhan Bathiudeen and another suspect have been charged with compiling fake deeds to a land situated in Vettikarau in Thalaimannar and illegally selling it.
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) informed Court that after the completion of the probe into the trial, the case abstracts had already been forwarded to the Attorney General for his perusal and affirmed that they intend to proceed with the case based on further instructions from the AG.
Further proceedings of the trial were fixed for 21 January.
A probe into the case had been initiated, following a complaint lodged with the Commercial Crimes Division by Abdul Salahi, on 16 November, five years ago.
The complaint stated that the plaintiff had purchased two 40-acre lands at a cost of Rs 24 million and he had demarcated the lands. The plaintiff had then stated that the suspect Rifkhan Bathiudeen had forcibly taken the lands from him by furnishing fake land deeds.
The CID had commenced their probe into the case stating that the actions of the two suspects, had flouted provisions contained in Sections 400, 403, 454, 457, 459, 102 and 113 of the Penal Code.
The CID stated that the passport of suspect Rifkhan Bathiudeen, had been previously impounded by the Court, based on provisions contained in Section 124 of the Code of Criminal Procedure Act, No. 15 of 1971.
The suspect Rifkhan Bathiudeen had surrendered to the CID on 22 January and had given a statement to them. He was then produced before Court, 24 hours later. The suspect was then ordered to be enlarged on bail by the Court on 17 February.
The previous Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne had issued an order to the prosecution to apprehend further suspects regarding the case if there are any and to produce them before her on 20 February.