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Dinesh Schaffter’s autopsy inquiry further postponed

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  • Dinesh Schaffter’s autopsy inquiry further postponed

By T. Farook Thajudeen  

The Magisterial inquiry into the death of businessman Dinesh Schaffter was once again postponed for April 4 by the Colombo Chief  Magistrate Court yesterday.  

The case was postponed for April 4 due to the unavailability of the permanent Magistrate Rajindra Jayasuriya who conducted the post-mortem  inquiry from the inception of incident.  
 Colombo Additional Magistrate M.I.S Bandara Illangakoon, before whom  the case was called yesterday postponed the case for April 4,   However the counsel who watched the interest of the family of Dinesh Schaffter during the autopsy inquiry informed court that the special panel of expert’s doctors including experts in forensic field and  medical field are examining the matter in an acceptable manner to all.  

Magistrate Rajindra Jayasuriya had appointed a five-member expert  committee of doctors in forensic Medicine and in the medical field to probe and determine the cause or causes into the death of entrepreneur  Dinesh Schaffter’s death.  

The panel comprises Prof. Asela Mendis, Prof. D.C.R. Perera, Prof.  D.N.P. Fernando, Dr. Siva Subramaniam and Dr. Rohan Ruwanpura are  examining and holding inquiry to decide the actual cause of death  into Dinesh Schaffter.  

Magistrate Rajindra Jayasuriya had appointed a expert panel of doctors  to conduct inquiry since there were contradictions in the post-mortem  report submitted earlier to the court regarding the death of Dinesh Schaffter.  

Dinesh Schaffter was found unconscious and tied inside his vehicle at  the General Cemetery in Borella on 15 December 2022 evening and was  rushed to the ICU of the National Hospital in Colombo. He was  pronounced dead while undergoing treatment.