PNB Officers Rs 5,000 fake notes saga: Errant PNB officers ordered to be produced in Court on 18 Aug
By Kavindya Perera
The CID yesterday (4) informed Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratna, that 32 Rs 5,000 fake currency notes that had been taken into custody from the possession of two Police Narcotic Bureau (PNB) officers, who were apprehended on charges of maintaining links with big-time illegal drug traffickers’. They were in the possession of the suspects who were aware that the currency notes were bogus.
The CID said the currency notes had displayed the same fake number. They were submitted to Court as evidence in the case.
The prosecution told Magistrate Jayaratna that the stock of illegal
Rs 5,000 currency notes had been hidden inside a locker at the PNB office.
The Chief Magistrate advised the prosecution to file charges against the suspects in their presence, as the suspects had not been produced in Court.
The Magistrate then said that as the suspects had known beforehand that the currency notes were fake, it was a serious issue and therefore, ordered the CID to conduct further investigations to determine as to how the suspects had come to posses the fake notes.
The CID had informed Court on 30 July that they had taken into custody 31 illegal Rs 5,000 notes from the possession of PNB Officer W. Lakahan Sameera, while a single fake Rs 5,000 note had been taken into custody from the possession of PNB Officer H.M. Lalith Jayawardena.
Considering the submissions, Jayaratna ordered the Prisons Department Director to produce the two suspects on 18 August.