Kathriarachchi sat the exam?
A former PA Deputy Minister is being investigated for allegedly
getting an impostor to sit for him at the recent A/Level examination
so that he could enter Law College, an official said.
to investigations, the ex-PA deputy Minister, Chandana Kathriarachchi,
had informed the Panadura High Court that he was not able to attend
the hearing on June 27 as he was sitting the A/L examination. Mr.
Kathriarachchi is one of the five suspects in a murder case.
an inquiry by the examination department has revealed that the ex-deputy
minister had not taken up the A/L exam from the particular hall
as indicated to courts. Examinations Commissioner Anura Edirisinghe
said that acting on a complaint an officer accompanied by the Badulla
Zonal Education Director had visited the examination centre off
Mahiyanganaya where they found a person by the name of Chandana
Kathriarachchi, a resident of Pannipitiya, sitting the examination.
the ex-deputy minister who claimed to be sitting the examination
from the same hall at Orubendiwela Maha Vidyalaya in Mahiyanganaya
did not sit the examination from the centre.
Edirisinghe said they would be first calling the Kathriarachchi
who sat the examination at the Mahiyangana centre for the investigation.
former deputy minister’s lawyer had presented an affidavit
with a motion two weeks prior to a June 27th hearing at the Panadura
High Court to excuse Mr. Kathriarachchi from being present there,
stating that he had to be present at the Orubadiwela Maha Vidyalaya
in Arawatte, Mahiyangana for this year’s A/L examination.
In it, he had cited his A/L index number as 9055681 and stated that
he was sitting for the exam to fulfil the requirements for Law College
person who sat the examination at the Mahiyangana centre was identified
as Chandana Pushpakumara Kathriarachchi, born in 1960 and was equipped
with a brand new National Identity card. His address was listed
as 229/1, School Road, Rathmaldeniya, Arawwala, Pannipitiya. The
perusal of his documentation at the preliminary investigation has
not shown any discrepancies.
Pannipitiya Kathriarachchi claimed that he was re-sitting the exam
at this late stage to receive a promotion in his present job. At
the June 27 hearing, the affidavit was questioned by a Senior State
Counsel. He pointed out that the name and address in the charge
sheet against Mr. Kathriarachchi differed from the same information
now presented in the affidavit. The state counsel asked the judge
to issue a warrant for Mr. Kathriarachchi’s arrest, but this
was turned down.