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Alleged financial fraud: Police granted permission to seek legal advice from AG

Galle Chief Magistrate Pavitra Sanjivani Pathirana allowed the Galle Police to seek legal advice from the Attorney General regarding the case against three persons including the former Principal for allegedly preparing fake documents and defrauding the Galle Mahinda College School Development Society’s money to the tune of over Rs. 2.1 million.

The Magistrate granted permission in response to the submissions made before Court by the Galle Police.In their submissions, the Police told the Magistrate that the Government Analyst’s Department had confirmed that the alleged forged documents tally with the suspect’s authentic handwriting and sought the permission to send the extract of the same to the Attorney General.

Development Officer Hasini Manoji Alahakoon, former Principal Gamini Jayawardana and the Treasurer M. Kankanmage Udani Priyanka of Mahinda college are cited in the case.

The present Principal of Mahinda College came to the Special Fraud Investigation Division of the Galle Police on October 26 last year and filed a complaint that the suspected ex-Principal had allegedly embezzled Rs. 2,156,200 from the account of the School Development Society between 2018 and 2020.

Accordingly, the Police who conducted the investigation on November 22 last year and arrested the first suspect and brought her to Court and said that after receiving the Principal’s complaint, they obtained statements from the treasurer of the school development society, two former principals, and the person in charge of the school’s maintenance and the Galle Fort People’s Bank, which maintains the account.

Thirty four checks related to this fraud were obtained from the branch and investigations were conducted.While the first suspect and the second suspect were remanded in custody and the trial was being conducted, the third suspect also appeared in Court.

The Police also reported to the Court that after writing the checks for the specified amount, the checks were revealed to have fraudulently changed the value by replacing a higher value. Further hearing was adjourned for March 2, 2023. 

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