The Mount Lavinia Magistrate's Court issued an order directing the CID to immediately conduct an investigation into three suspects including Samagi Jana Balawegaya Jaffna Valikaman South West Pradeshiya Sabha candidate and his wife for allegedly defrauding a sum of Rs. 20 million belonging to a resident company through cheque transactions.
Mount Lavinia Magistrate Kosala Senadheera made this order when the magisterial inquiry against Pradeshiya Sabha candidate Karupaiah Morgan Sundaram, his wife Navaratne Raza Hansapriya and Arun de Nathan came up for inquiry.
The Criminal Investigation Department submitted to court that the investigation has not been completed as it is necessary to record statements from several other suspects regarding the incident.
The CID commenced investigations into this incident based on a complaint by the chairman of the Nugegoda Blue Ocean Resident Pvt. Company alleges that the suspects had defrauded a sum of Rs. 20 million through cheque transactions while they were serving as the chief planner, engineer and accountant of company in 2018.
The Magistrate questioned as to why police failed to conclude the investigations into the incident for a period of five years and ordered the police to immediately conduct the investigations.
The suspects are currently on bail and their passports have been impounded.
President's Counsel Anura Maddegoda appearing on behalf of the aggrieved company moved Court that police be ordered to expedite the investigations since they have taken a five-year period.
Senior Counsel Ajith Pathirana contended that there is no course of action against the suspects. Further magisterial inquiry is fixed for January 26 next year. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)