Hit-and-run case: Patali’s driver granted bail | Daily News


 

Hit-and-run case: Patali’s driver granted bail

Thusitha Dilum Kumara, who recently surrendered himself before the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court as the driver of former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, was granted bail yesterday by Colombo Additional Magistrate Kanchana Neranjana de Silva.

The suspect was released on two sureties of Rs.250,000 each. The magistrate also ordered the suspect to report to the Colombo Crimes Division on the last Tuesday of each month, between 9.00 a.m. and 12.00 p.m.

On December 24, the suspect surrendered before the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court connection with a motor accident in which a youth was critically injured four years ago.

When the matter was taken up before the magistrate, Deputy Solicitor-General Dileepa Peiris, appearing on behalf of the Attorney-General, informed court that Colombo Crimes Division recorded a statement from the suspect at the prison. According to his statement, Kumara had said that the suspect had been hiding with the help of a powerful person.

Attorneys appearing on behalf of the suspect pleaded his client be granted bail.

However, Peiris raised objections towards the request made by the defence counsel. The magistrate fixed further inquiries for February 24. 

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Champika's driver released on bail (12:18)

Thusitha Dilum Kumara who claimed himself as Patali Champika Ranawaka’s driver during the hit-and-run case in 2016 was granted bail.
 


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