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2016 Rajagiriya road accident

Driver took refuge in former Minister’s residence - DSG Peiris

Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris appearing on behalf of the CID yesterday told Court that investigations have revealed that former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka’s driver had taken refuge in a residence belonging to Ranawaka, while police were looking for him to record a statement in connection with the Rajagiriya road accident in 2016.

DSG Peiris informed the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court that Dilum Thusith Kumara, the driver of former Minister had revealed this information to CID. The Deputy Solicitor General made these remarks when the magisterial inquiry against MP Patali Champika Ranawaka and his driver was taken up before the Colombo Additional Magistrate Kanchana Neranjani Silva.

In his statement Dilum Thusith Kumara has told the CID that subsequently he decided to surrender before police following the instructions given by another driver of Patali Champika Ranawaka (Nishantha Pradeep Alwis).

Filing a further report before court, DSG Dileepa Peiris also stated that the CID concluded the investigations pertaining to the incident.

DSG Dileepa Piries further stated that police have obtained statements from another driver of Patali Champika Ranawaka, former OIC of the Welikada Police station Sudath Asmadala and two other police officials attached to the Ministerial Security Division.

When the case was taken up before the Additional Magistrate, President’s Counsel Anuja Premarathne appearing for MP Ranawaka requested to temporary lift the travel ban imposed on his client. The President’s Counsel informed the Court that his client expects to travel to Australia and thereby submitted the relevant documents to support him request. While raising objections for the request, DSG Dileepa Piries informed court that the prosecution is required to peruse the relevant documents to make its stance.

The Magistrate fixed further inquiries for March 4. The Magistrate instructed the both counsel to make submissions regarding the request on next call date.

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