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Forging President’s signature: Suspect further remanded

An individual who was arrested for allegedly adding the signature of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to several forged documents, was yesterday ordered to be further remanded till June 17 by Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake.

When the matter was taken up before Court, the Criminal Investigations Department informed that the suspect received assistance from a person attached to a Government office. The CID also informed them that they will conduct an investigation regarding that person.

The CID said that the main suspect was identified as Prasanna Aruna Kumara who was previously employed at the Bank of Ceylon (BoC).

“The suspect worked at the loans department of BOC and he has provided loans for different individuals using forged documents. Due to this matter the bank had interdicted the suspect,” CID informed the Magistrate.

The complaint was initially made to the Colombo Fraud Investigation Bureau in this regard. Later, it was transferred to the CID for further investigations. The complaint was made by an employee attached to the Central Bank about the suspect who used the President’s signature and the letterhead in a forged manner to prepare forged letters, the CID informed the Court.

In the complaint, it was mentioned that the letter was prepared under the title of ‘reinstating a worker attached to the Central Bank’ and the suspect had used the President’s signature in the said letter. The Magistrate fixed further inquiries for June 17.


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