Sivaram killing: Court wants full report
Kaduwela Magistrate Ms. Champa Janaki Rajaratne last week told Colombo Crime Division (CCD) officers not to come out with any more excuses but to submit a full report, on the next date, on the investigation into the killing of popular journalist and senior editor at Tamilnet, Dharmaretnam Sivaram.
Mr. Sivaram was abducted opposite a restaurant at Bambalapitiya by unknown persons in a vehicle and his body was found the next day close to the Parliamentary Complex.

According to police the vehicle used for committing the crime was traced subsequently and found to be owned by former Parliamentarian and PLOTE leader Dharmalingam Sidharthan. The magistrate directed Parliament Secretary General Ms. Priyani Wijesekara to submit a report on the ownership of the vehicle. At the previous hearing Court ordered the release of the vehicle but the owner did not turn up to claim it.

The only suspect arrested so far is one Sriskandarajah who was in possession of the SIM card of the mobile phone used by Mr. Sivaram. He was not in a position to explain how he came to possess the card.

The suspect was not brought to courts due to security reasons. On an earlier occasion counsel M.L.M.Ameen PC., appearing for the suspect had requested that the case be moved to the High Court at Avissawella to obtain bail but no decision was made. The next hearing is on October 25.

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