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Patali Champika Ranawaka granted bail: Driver remanded

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By ITN News Editor December 24, 2019 18:43

Patali Champika Ranawaka granted bail: Driver remanded

MP Patali Champika Ranawaka was released on bail. He was released on two personal bails of 500,000 rupees each and cash bails of 25,000 rupees. Meanwhile the other suspect in the case, Thusitha Kumara, was remanded until January 6 after being produced before the court.

Patali Champika Ranawaka has been remanded in connection with an accident which occurred in 2016. Sandeep Sampath, the victim of the accident, was completely disabled. The young man was unconscious for several weeks and received treatments at the Colombo National Hospital. The Attorney General asked the police to arrest MP Ranawaka and present him before the court on several charges including fleeing, concealing information and misleading the judiciary.

Accordingly Patali Champika Ranawaka was arrested and remanded. The case was taken up again today before the Chief Magistrate KanchanaNeranjani Silva. Patali Champika Ranawaka was also ordered to appear before the Colombo Crimes Division every Sunday between 10 am and 12 noon. Announcing the bail conditions, the magistrate highlighted that the police had informed about offenses committed by the suspect under the Penal Code and the Public Property Act. The Magistrate also noted that the police had filed the case against the suspect for damaging the state property to the tune of 917,244 rupees, by subjecting the state owned jeep bearing the vehicle number PKP -7545 to a road accident.

The Magistrate pointed out that although the suspect was arrested and produced before the court on the instructions of the Attorney General, it does not appear the suspect has been produced before the court under the violation of the public property Act. The Magistrate observed that the first accused in the case, Patali Champika Ranawaka, is given bail as his foreign travel has already been suspended, no information has been received on public disturbance in line with the incident,  termination of interrogation of important witnesses in the incident and the suspect is not in a position to impact other witnesses. The Magistrate also ordered Champika Ranawaka to refrain from interfering with any witnesses.

Additional Solicitor General DileepaPeiris, appearing on behalf of the Attorney General’s Department, made his submissions following the granting of bail to MP Ranawaka. He said that the case should be given more attention as it is not a normal motor vehicle accident case as the case involves misleading the government, misuse of state property and misleading judiciary. He also informed the court that two persons connected with the incident are still at large. The defense attorneys said the two absconding persons could be produced in court at the moment.

Accordingly, a man named Thusitha Kumara, the driver of Mr. Patali Champika and Pradeep Alwis, were produced before the court. However, the Attorney General’s Department informed Court that Pradeep Alwis was not named as a suspect in the case and requested the court to give a date to record a statement from the suspect.

Accordingly, the court has ordered Pradeep Alwis to be present at the Colombo Crimes Division on the 26th and make a statement. Meanwhile, officials of the Attorney General’s Department requested the court to order the suspect Thusitha Kumara to be remanded as Thusitha Kumara was named as the second accused in the case. Accordingly he was remanded till January 6.

Meanwhile, Additional Solicitor General of the Attorney General’s Department DileepaPeiris told the court that the public and journalists who had entered the court premises during the course of the case had been harassed. The Attorney General’s Department also requested the attention of the Chief Magistrate regarding the conduct of police officers in and around the Courts during the proceedings. The case is to be taken up again on January 6th.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 24, 2019 18:43