Army bigwigs deny charges

  • Alleged abduction of ‘Jana aragala viyapara’ members
Jaffna Chief Magistrate to conduct inquiry
By Telles Anandappa

The Bench of the Court of Appeal comprising Justices W.L. Ranjith Silva and H.N.G. Perera directed the Chief Magistrate of Jaffna to conduct a magisterial inquiry with regard to the allegedly abducted persons Lalith Kumara and Kitnam Muruganandan (Kugan) in Jaffna in December 2011, after Senior State Counsel informed Court that the 1st and 2nd respondents cited denied the allegation of abduction and detention.

The petition filed by Muruganandan Janatha, wife of Kugan and Arumugam Weerarajah father of Lalith Kumara cited Jaffna Army Commander Maj. Gen. Mahinda Hathurusinghe, Army Commander Lt. Gen Jagath Jayasuriya, OIC Athchuvely Police Station, IGP N. K. Illangakoon and the Attorney General as respondents. Attorney J.C. Weliamuna informed Court that the two persons abducted were members of an organization called “Jana aragala viyaparaya” – a movement calling for peace and harmony among all citizens of Sri Lanka. They were on there way to Jaffna on December 12, 2011 to organize a meeting of the group. The petitioners said that since the two had not returned they informed the police.

Subsequently, the motor cycle that the two were travelling on was found abandoned by the wayside.
The petitioners stated that on a previous occasion Kugan’s mother had received an anonymous phone call threatening her and saying ‘if you don’t take your son away we will do it for you.’

Senior State Counsel Shaminda Wickrama informed Court that the 1st respondent Hathurusinghe and the 2nd respondent Jayasuriya were filing their submissions on Friday.

When Justice Ranjith Silva inquired about the status of their response regarding the allegation Counsel informed Court that they totally deny any of the said allegations.

He also said that the 3rd and 4th respondents had not submitted theirwritten submissions as yet. Justice Silva said that as a matter of courtesy he was giving time for the 3rd and 4th respondents to submit their submissions till April 27.

Justice Ranjith Silva then stated that as the 1st and 2nd respondents are denying the allegations he directed the Chief Magistrate Jaffna to conduct a magisterial inquiry regarding the missing persons and a full report be submitted to the Appeal Court. He also directed the Registrar to inform the Jaffna Court of the order made.The case will be heard again on April 27.

Top to the page  |  E-mail  |  views[1]
SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
Other News Articles
Hambantota to be free port
Prices skyrocket ahead of Avurudhu
Switch off lights, close those taps
Govt. mini-budget: Huge increases in vehicle prices
Tax hikes come ahead of crucial IMF talks
No arrests yet on failed abduction of 11-year-old Visakha schoolgirl
CJ worried over conduct of some lawyers
Sirikotha attack: Guilty members face the axe
No-faith motion alleges political bias in public sector recruitments
FUTA to strike to ‘safeguard state universities’
Army bigwigs deny charges
‘Lost’ shrub frog turns up after 100 years
Ex-AG Mohan Peiris as witness: Court will decide on May 17
Malabe asks for second chance as govt. doctors call for its closure
Soldiers try to force Kugan’s wife to sign Sinhala document: MP
Take only a pinch of salt to avoid strokes, says top doctor
Basnayake Nilames galore
Media groups call for action against Mervyn
Marginal improvement at this year’s O/L exam results
Adopt farming methods that make best use of water
Sri Lanka and the United States: Post-Geneva repairs
Dissatisfied commuters of private bus service on the up
Villagers angry over armed cadres still at large
‘I survived because of my political contacts’
Hot days are here to stay, at least for a while longer
Boy’s body exhumed after four years
Forcing India out of the democratic closet
Signs of Washington's waning influence in Asia


Reproduction of articles permitted when used without any alterations to contents and a link to the source page.
© Copyright 1996 - 2012 | Wijeya Newspapers Ltd.Colombo. Sri Lanka. All Rights Reserved | Site best viewed in IE ver 8.0 @ 1024 x 768 resolution