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AG orders arrest of former Welikada OIC over Champika’s accident case

Attorney General Dappula de Livera has yesterday directed to the Director of the Colombo Crime Division (CCD) to obtain a warrant and arrest former Officer In charge (OIC) of the Welikada Police Station, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Sudath Asmadala for fabricating evidence in the former MP Patali Champika Ranawaka’s serious accident case in Rajagiriya in 2016.  

Coordinating officer to the Attorney General State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne told news media that investigations have revealed that, after the incident, two eyewitnesses of the case were came to the Welikada Police station to made statements and them clearly mentioned in their statements that former Minister Champika Ranawaka driven the vehicle.

However, while recording their statements ASP Sudath Asmadala who was working as the OIC of the Welikada Police at that time instructed Traffic OIC, Police Inspector Perera not to mention former minister Ranawaka’s name in their statements as the suspect.

Accordingly, Police Inspector Perera instructed Constable Suresh and Constable Lakmal who were recording statements from two eyewitnesses in the case not to mention former minister Ranawaka’s name as a suspect.

The eye witnesses again made statements to the Welikada Police station on April 20, 2016 naming former minister Ranawaka in the accident.

However, when the case was taken up before the Colombo Magistrate’s Court on April 27, 2016, ASP Sudanth Asmadala informed the Magistrate's Court that there was no substantial evidence found against Minister Champika Ranawaka to name him as a suspect in the case.

There are 16 further investigation reports prepared by the Welikada Police with 14 of them signed by ASP Asmadala where he didn’t mention former minister Ranawaka’s name as a suspect in the case.

After that, ASP Asmadala had filed a charge sheet against former minister Ranawaka’s driver Dilum Thusitha Kumara as the suspect in the case.    

Accordingly, after considering the relevant investigative reports conducted by the officials, the Attorney General maintained that ASP Asmadala has acted in a biased manner that would bring relief to the accused at the time of the incident and that he is guilty for conspiring and fabricating false evidence in former minister Ranawaka’s accident case under Section 190, 198, 215 of the Penal Code and directed to the Director of the CCD to obtain a warrant and arrest  ASP Sudath Asmadala.

Former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka was previously arrested in connection with a case where he had allegedly caused a motor accident in 2016 in Rajagiriya in which a youth was critically injured and former minister was released on bail.


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