Rs.32 mn recovered from 13 PNB officers | Daily News


Rs.32 mn recovered from 13 PNB officers

Monies to be deposited in special account:

The CID conducting investigations against 13 Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) officers over alleged links with big time drug peddlers has recovered more than Rs.32 million in their possession, the Attorney General informed Court yesterday.

Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris appearing on behalf of the CID made this revelation before Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne.

The thirteen PNB officers were not brought before Court yesterday. Prison Department officers informed Court that the suspects are being currently detained at the Agunukolapalessa Prison as a precautionary measure following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris moved Court that the monies recovered be deposited in an account belonging to production items in the case. The Chief Magistrate granted permission to this request that monies be deposited in an account belonging to production items. Four vehicles belonging to Sub-Inspector Udara Chathuranga had been taken into Criminal Investigations Department custody and sent to the Government Analyst’s Department.

According to the Government Analyst’s report, remains of drugs including heroin were found under the driving seat, passenger seat and under the spare wheel of those vehicles. The Government Analyst also observed that some amounts of drugs were taken off from twenty two parcels out of twenty three parcels which had been taken from the PNB production room, Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris stated.

Considering facts submitted by the prosecution, the Chief Magistrate issued an order directing the Government Analyst to submit a report to ascertain whether any substances had been mixed with the heroin that was recovered from the PNB production room.

Counsel appearing on behalf of all suspects pleaded that their clients be released on bail. However the Magistrate rejected the bail applications made by the counsels. The Magistrate instructed counsels to submit written submissions before the next calling date and ordered the suspects to be remanded till August 18.

The prosecution was represented by CID ASP Meryl Ranjan Lamahewa and several other police officers. Attorneys Ajith Pathirana, Wasantha Pitigala, Dhammi Rathnayake and Harith Hettiarachchi appeared on behalf of the suspects.

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