Former Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s wife Shashi now in the centre of a major controversy on the basis of having obtained a diplomatic passport by using fraudulent documents had reportedly travelled overseas on six different occasions since September 2010, informed sources said.
Ms. Weerawansa, whose DPL passport D3642817 issued on September 13, 2010 under the name of Randunu Mudiyanselage Shehasha Udayanthi Ranasinghe, had made her first trip using this passport to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia on September 22 on SriLankan airlines flight UL 316.
She had then visited Dubai on April 10, 2011 aboard Emirates Airlines flight EK 651 on a seven-day tour; again visited Dubai on May 21, 2011 on Emirates flight EK 651 and returned to the Island on May 24.
The same year she visited Mumbai, India on October 20 on flight UL 141 and returned the following day.
Informed sources said last year she had been abroad on two occasions – on April 14 to Singapore on Emirates flight EK 349 and returned on April 17 and on June 25 to an undisclosed destination on SriLankan airlines flight UL 001… believed to have been chartered by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. They said this was the final trip she had made using her DPL passport and returned to the country on June 30.
When contacted, a senior official at the Department of Immigration and Emigration told Daily Mirror that it was a serious offence to obtain a travel document by submitting fraudulent documents under the Section 45 of Immigration and Emigration Act No.20 of 1948 (Amended).
The normal passport N1284124, which was issued on May 24, 2004 had her name as Sheerja Udayanthi Weerawansa. (Kevin Kariyawasam)
Comments - 46
ivo Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:36 AM
Traveling on a diplomatic passport obtained Through forged documents is an imprisonable Offense.It is also deeply suspicious as to why she had used the said passports for very short visits (obviously not for holiday),to countries considered business and financial hubs.
kithudugama Tuesday, 24 February 2015 02:15 PM
She has got jet lag and seriously ill Anay Paw.
demuthu Tuesday, 24 February 2015 02:14 PM
why this colovrry colovrry de. via DM Android App
malin Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:53 AM
I think the onus is on the part of the Visa Officer for issuing without verifying the bona fide of the application and not the applicant.
Sim Tuesday, 24 February 2015 02:32 PM
Who are the persons entitled to a DPL Passport?
john sumathipala Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:58 AM
Sri Lankans open your eyes and ears Curuption has been going on full scale.
Lamintae Tuesday, 24 February 2015 10:00 AM
Ah Ah, now we can guess what type of journey it was to the undisclosed destination with MR,
Nims Tuesday, 24 February 2015 03:10 AM
Wimal, was it your registered wife or an illicit one.
terry Tuesday, 24 February 2015 05:21 PM
long wait in death row may be we need to bring a hangman with DPL passport
Andycap Tuesday, 24 February 2015 10:01 AM
Hmmmm! Undisclosed destination? Chartered by former president? were they the only 2 passengers... sounds fishy :)
gobbaya Tuesday, 24 February 2015 10:01 AM
the visit to undisclosed destination could be the trip ali baba & the 40 thieves took to seychelles.... via DM Android App
de silva Tuesday, 24 February 2015 02:47 PM
May be Seyschells
Edward Tuesday, 24 February 2015 10:09 AM
This is a very serious issue. Maximum penalty must be given under the law.
Mevan Tuesday, 24 February 2015 03:43 AM
An amazing tale of Ali Baba and countless thieves.
Sun Tuesday, 24 February 2015 10:18 AM
Seems to be a Political revenge of present Govt
Local Imelda Tuesday, 24 February 2015 10:21 AM
Low breed is displayed.... in appearance and behaviour !
Lima Tuesday, 24 February 2015 10:50 AM
WHERE UNDISCLOSED DESTINATION , WITH WHOM , WITH MAHINDA
Amith Tuesday, 24 February 2015 05:14 AM
SEND HER AND THE HUSBAND TO GALLOWS....
nalaka Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:13 AM
Bata hira kumanthranayak
Jamis Banda Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:17 AM
A major international conspiracy!
adamsapple Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:29 AM
Present government is making a big deal out of this situation.. like this is the top priority of 100 day program... Nobody is talking about demolishing executive presidency or the cost of living... all are worried about this ladies passport...
Ali Jamis Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:35 AM
Penalty should be imposed on both. Wimal will not issue a letter to issue a passport to wife without the knowledge of our former President MR
janaka Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:46 AM
This is fine example where, children have to protected by state when parents under go difficulties.Difficulties can be one or both send to jail,one or both get hospitalized, one or both met death due to accidents,one or both get separated,one or both moved to far away for employment, one or both find difficulties to earn a living etc.These happened to many.Then it is the time that social service department, child and women protection authority,Samurdi Authority ,priests and nuns of temples or probation departments or other through court order has to step in to protect the innocent children to find their shelter and education continued un interrupted.Hope country will solid the mechanism to protect all voiceless children no matter they are rich or poor
chinthaka7 Tuesday, 24 February 2015 03:10 PM
Edie, Yes, the most burning issue in Sri Lanka to be solved immediately.
Sana Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:54 AM
This is the most burning issue in the country. Please solve this asap to make this country a better place for the people affected by this matter.
Ariyadasa Gajanayake Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:09 PM
This is a serious issue other than just an individual posses few passports or few NIC with different DOB etc.As a freqeunt traveller for business, I find the SL passport is not taken so badly by all other countried immigration with enouch evidence of mass scale corruption in Sri Lankan system and this is going to affect millions of Sri Lankas who is law abiding and look for foreign employment.This govt should procsecute all involved here start from the dept of I
Veda-mama Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:10 PM
GOOD QUESTION. MAY BE UNREGISTERED. BECAUSE THEY PREFER TO RIDE UNREGISTERED ONES MORE THAN THE REGISTERED.
Ananda Tuesday, 24 February 2015 03:19 PM
All the greedy perethays in the lime light
Meeya Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:26 PM
Why? Did one of yours go missing? lol
Fassey Tuesday, 24 February 2015 03:21 PM
Now we understand she needed the diplomatic passport to go on undisclosed diplomatic missions with ...
sunny Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:29 PM
As husband Wimal says its all a lie......why dont DM show the real facts picture copies of the identity cards......passports.......birth certificates and so on......cos these guys know how to tame the masses
meloney Tuesday, 24 February 2015 03:24 PM
Wimal no one is slinging mud on you or your family. You are one dipping in the mud.
Kolannawa Kolla Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:33 PM
Could you please tell me who effected and how by this matter? do you know what you are talking about?
piranha Tuesday, 24 February 2015 03:24 PM
Leave them in the sahara deseart, with one rupee each.
Ryan hudson Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:53 PM
this is normal under a junta government, but nation sri lanka to the fore with wimal
Leena Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:56 PM
Hmm, most of find the issue funny. What makes you think that anyone considers it as a burning issue?
Sim Tuesday, 24 February 2015 12:59 PM
If he had done his duty, he would have been transfered.
OBSERVER Tuesday, 24 February 2015 01:06 PM
DISGRACEFUL HOW POLITICIANS AND THEIR VIP WIVES BEHAVE THESE DAYS ITS TIME WE BRING IN SOME DECENT PEOPLE WHO ARE REALLY GENUINE PUBLIC SERVANTS
Lawyer Tuesday, 24 February 2015 01:07 PM
Please check whether she was involved in drug traficking. With a DPL Passport she had unhindered passage in and out of airports with her baggage. Considering the amount of wealth this couple had amassed during a short period of time, there should be some involvement in the drug business. Why did it take so long to take her in? Please check the identity of people maneuvering "behind the scene".
Donny Tuesday, 24 February 2015 01:15 PM
Hope the govt will take stern action against these two crocks ASAP. This is how the recognition to Sri lankan passport even in countries like Cambodia, Myanmar have no real respect. Just forget about Western countries. Mr Booruwansa i this what you called patriotism. Go to hell with your wife.
Mohideen Tuesday, 24 February 2015 08:48 AM
Compare and see the Marriage Certificate
Sanjaya Tuesday, 24 February 2015 01:57 PM
This is very serious issue, people very closely watching how the new government handle this issue. If the government interfere and stop the investigation conducted by police and courts, people will not keep any faith on the government.These culprits needs to be punished
dulan Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:34 AM
As usual she is in hospital not prison. Will she get the punishment that a normal citizen will get or is there two classes of people Politician and people
asfar Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:34 AM
so many thought our maharaja will be here forever. but bbs had other ideas about maharajas overstay.
Fassey Tuesday, 24 February 2015 02:10 PM
Hey man Wimal do you still deny? Every trip is disclosed now and one undisclosed trip with MR shame. At least now keep your mouth shut without shouting kumanthranaya