Speeding ticket cop released on bail

21 August 2014 12:14 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The police constable who was in the spotlight when he issued a speeding ticket to a deputy minister’s driver and later arrested on charges of having solicited a bribe was today released on bail.

Colombo High Court Judge Lalith Jayasuriya released PC Suminda Saman Gunasekera and Inspector R.R.M.P. Bandara Dunuwila on a Rs.25,000 cash bail with two sureties of Rs.500,000 each in a bribery case filed before the High Court.

They were indicted by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption on charges of have solicited a bribe of Rs.5,000 illicit liquor distiller.

Senior Counsel Anura Meddagoda appearing with Attorneys-at-law Nihara Randeniya and Andria Ranasinghe said according to the police the incident had taken place in 2008 and the indictment filed in the High Court after the lapse of six years.

The Counsel said his client Saman Gunasekera while working as a constable attached to the Kottawa Police Post on the Southern Expressway at the time the incident had issued a 1,000-rupee ticket for exceeding the speed limit on the Highway to the driver of Cooperatives and Internal Trade Deputy Minister Hemal Gunasekera.

Since then the constable and his family have been under threat and as such sent his resignation to the Police Chief N.K. Illangakoon.

The Counsel said following the incident, PC Gunasekera was subjected to intense grilling by the police.  On May 30, when PC Gunasekera was coming to work in his car, he was attacked by some gangsters and since then had not reported to work.

The Counsel said thereafter the Bribery Commission had indicted his client and the OIC of the unit in 2008 on fabricated charges. (T. Farook Thajudeen and Jehan Gunasekara)

  Comments - 9

  • Dayawathie Friday, 22 August 2014 11:44 AM

    What sort of country is this, where an honest policeman cannot do his job ?.

    Shantha Gamlath Friday, 22 August 2014 02:29 AM

    Success of the rule of law.....

    Kossa Thursday, 21 August 2014 06:16 PM

    All the skeletons in the cupboard pulled out to make the complainant the accused in the Miracle of Asia. via DM iPad app

    mountain Thursday, 21 August 2014 06:53 PM

    Very good lesson to the DIG and whole police department ..mekka hathandabari LANKAWA...

    INDRALATHA SILVA Friday, 22 August 2014 09:38 AM

    good example of Mahinda Chinthanaya

    C.K.Lankaputhra Thursday, 21 August 2014 02:01 PM

    Better die than living in this country.

    Ammaa Thursday, 21 August 2014 02:02 PM

    What is Ajith Rohana say, the only good police officer Lanka produced

    Muthyavan . Thursday, 21 August 2014 07:35 PM

    The rule of the land. via DM iPad app

    sukirichuti Friday, 22 August 2014 10:14 AM

    The Bribery Commission has done a marvelous detection and the judiciary has also eaten the dead rope when there are many bribery complaints against ministers accumulating billions of rupees. I think our voters are really off their rockers for over and over backing this regime.

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