2 yrs RI for Fmr. PSD Chief

25 March 2011 06:43 am - 54     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Former head of the Presidential Security Division (PSD) SSP Nihal Karunaratne (Rtd.) was sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment suspended for ten years by the Colombo High Court for obstructing duties of a Police Officer in 2000.

The Colombo High Court Judge Kumuduni Wickremesinghe also imposed a fine of Rs.25,000 and ordered SSP Karunaratne to pay Rs. 300,000 to the complainant police officer Hettiarachchi Samudrajeewa as well.

SSP Karunaratne was the head of the PSD during the time of President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

In February 2, 2000, then PSD Chief Karunaratne threatened SI Hettiarachchi Samudrajeewa while the policeman was trying to carry out his duties to arrest some criminals.

On this occasion, Samudrajeewa who at the time was OIC, police special team at Peliyagoda acting on a tip off and on the instructions of his superior DIG O. K. Hemachandra entered Baddegana Sanjeewa’s house to apprehend some wanted criminals. Karunaratne had arrived on the scene and threatened Samudrajeewa and obstructed the cop from carrying out police orders.  (TFT)

  Comments - 54

  • Nath Friday, 25 March 2011 07:24 PM

    Good decision but it took ten years to serve justice.

    BALLO KAPI Friday, 25 March 2011 07:11 AM

    Are we surprised? Those who are not in the list of favorites of the king will suffer such fate. What is the news here?

    Konde bendapu china Friday, 25 March 2011 07:10 AM

    Well Done beware others

    Indi Friday, 25 March 2011 07:17 AM

    "Dhammo have rakkathi dhamma chari" ---- One who lives with Dhamma is protected by Dhamma.......... (and vice versa too)

    Elaris Friday, 25 March 2011 08:39 PM

    2 years RI is nothing when compared to what he is going face in his next birth.

    spark Friday, 25 March 2011 07:19 AM

    Ordinary citizens face daily abuse by police, military personnel and the powerful and keep quiet about it due to the drastic repercussions of making a complaint. No law is adopted to find legal justice and protection for such persons. This case has seen justice because the accused and complainant both have the umbrella of security from any threat.

    Oyage sudu kella Friday, 25 March 2011 07:13 AM

    APO... don't talk about our Police. The worst in the world.

    Uglytruth Friday, 25 March 2011 07:26 AM

    What Nihal Karu. should have done was strengthen president's hands...if so AG will dismiss the case... best example is R.Duminda Silva.

    Somapala Friday, 25 March 2011 07:26 AM

    People Alliance Colombo District Parliamentarian Duminda Silva who was accused to have raped an under-aged girl was discharged from the charges by the Colombo High Court today.

    Unfortunately SSP is in the wrong side!!!!!!!

    chenny Friday, 25 March 2011 08:06 AM

    Spark, don't be a part of 'vijathika kumanthranaya' by acting like a 'deshadrohiyek'. You shouldn't criticize the acts of Police and Military of the country.

    Ane Mage Kata Friday, 25 March 2011 08:04 AM

    CBK too.

    Ajantha Dissanayake Friday, 25 March 2011 08:16 AM


    Dinesh Friday, 25 March 2011 08:37 AM

    All can be experienced if you go to police station to make police complaint !!!! they never provide a good service unless you know some one higher....

    Really Friday, 25 March 2011 08:58 AM

    They do charge people for Obstructing the Police, Polilico's will have to be carefull in the future

    abc Saturday, 26 March 2011 12:34 AM

    Hey if you want to see duty minded and good respectable policeman come to WELLAMPITIYA station.

    Sanath R Friday, 25 March 2011 09:00 AM

    A good lesson to those who abuse power.

    zorro Friday, 25 March 2011 09:06 AM

    The executive and the politicians interrupt the police in doing there duty all the time. Why there is no actions in this regard at present?

    Sam Friday, 25 March 2011 09:26 AM

    Hope that these type of judgments will be meted out the Politicians too. The Police is bad, but the Politicians are worse.

    Oyage sudu kella Friday, 25 March 2011 09:38 AM

    Aiyo LOL aney.

    sg Saturday, 26 March 2011 01:21 AM

    17 ?? 18th amandment ?????

    mendis Saturday, 26 March 2011 01:16 AM

    How many more to go in?

    Ranji Saturday, 26 March 2011 01:58 AM

    What about the MP who sat on the OIC's chair and ordered
    around. He is squat free as he is "our man"

    Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 25 March 2011 09:48 AM

    Hope this will serve as a precedent to deal with the current PSD as well, when the King is no more!

    Leelananda Saturday, 26 March 2011 02:59 AM

    Well done High court and other courts in Srilanka?

    Yehiya-Doha Saturday, 26 March 2011 02:58 AM

    Cbk faliure is PSD, Ratwatte &SB

    KD Friday, 25 March 2011 10:08 AM

    You will have to wait long time for that. Perhaps you may not even live that long.

    Cobra Saturday, 26 March 2011 03:46 AM

    Well, as he was a police goon during the CBK era, he was expendable. But not so the current police goons!!!!

    thanakola Friday, 25 March 2011 10:17 AM

    What about that PC member who played hell at Wattala police? This rule doesn't apply for politicians? I mean the ones in power?

    Sebaa Friday, 25 March 2011 10:19 AM

    If you are in the UPFA supporters list, you will be a hero today...

    Sebaa Friday, 25 March 2011 10:21 AM

    First, check the name in the Govt supporters list. Then decide the decision to be given.

    dpl Saturday, 26 March 2011 03:42 AM

    the police officers must retired at the AGE of 50 or 55. most of are not fit physically and mentaly.

    poor lankan Friday, 25 March 2011 10:31 AM

    well sir,

    dont come to a conclusion very fast

    we have also got good policemen in our country .

    Labby Saturday, 26 March 2011 05:10 AM

    Long live the King, (for the sake of the present setup)

    nipuna seneviratne Saturday, 26 March 2011 05:14 AM

    Become a UPFA member. You will be freed or pardened for sure.

    theja345 Saturday, 26 March 2011 05:29 AM

    also i like to ask why politicians dont obey road rules? is there a different rule for them? and why are they not copped?

    the undertaker Saturday, 26 March 2011 05:41 AM


    kaputakukula Saturday, 26 March 2011 05:45 AM

    This NK is another example that those wield power abuse some day will have their turn - only time matters. This chap was a feared king when he was holding the PSD position.

    kaputakukula Saturday, 26 March 2011 05:52 AM

    Be happy Nath, at least we saw a piece of justice stil breathing in this country - Is it justice or... I thought justice in SL died a few years ago and already cremated.

    Chitraguptan Saturday, 26 March 2011 06:05 AM

    I am banging my head on the wall here..... Coz.. alomost all those who commented here are thinking that Nihal is going to prison for two year. Deal folks ! he has been given only suspended sentence. Meaning he will be sent to jail only if he repeats the same offence within next ten years. I am Flabbergasted by the intelligence of our people.

    tharanga Saturday, 26 March 2011 06:21 AM

    No worries, next term you can impose a RI to those who led u to RI. wait for a few years.

    AMILA.G Friday, 25 March 2011 12:43 PM


    AMILA.G Friday, 25 March 2011 12:43 PM


    AMILA.G Friday, 25 March 2011 12:46 PM


    Jagath Saturday, 26 March 2011 07:21 AM

    Suspended sentence on AG"s oreders????

    citizen1 Friday, 25 March 2011 01:19 PM

    Had. Now all are brown-nosing.

    citizen1 Friday, 25 March 2011 01:21 PM

    You are living in a bubble.

    citizen1 Friday, 25 March 2011 01:24 PM

    Hope that day will come soon!

    citizen1 Friday, 25 March 2011 01:25 PM

    This is not justice. It is revenge.

    Yehiya-Doha Friday, 25 March 2011 01:44 PM

    Lucky the Attorney General change.

    sg Friday, 25 March 2011 02:11 PM

    Good lession for exsisting people

    Darwin Friday, 25 March 2011 02:29 PM

    Good policeman, very very few.

    Nina Kamal Saturday, 26 March 2011 12:23 PM

    The beauty of all this & that is; they will be held, questioned and sentenced only once they are out of power.. while in power - even stray dogs are kept away!!! Shame on our system

    bash Friday, 25 March 2011 03:39 PM

    GOOD policemen are helpless and are in the background while all the bad ones commit all mischievous acts.......

    dpl Friday, 25 March 2011 03:51 PM

    OIC of the station are misused by politicians and police their superiors . their must stop with the authorities concern.

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