High-powered police teams on top gear
Deputy Inspector General of Police D. W. Prathapasinghe who assumed
duties as the head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) last
week has set up a special high-powered teams to conduct investigations
on several important cases such as the assassination of late Foreign
Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, attempt to assassinate the Army Commander
Lt. Gen Sarath Fonseka and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.The DIG
appealed to the public to be vigilant and assist the law enforcing
officers to apprehend the terrorists operating in their area and furnish
information about the underworld gang leaders operating in the island.
According to a senior officer of the CID most of the important cases
have not been properly investigated due to lack of supervision by senior
"It is very strange that some of the files relating to investigations
are not available in the department. They have gone missing. The
authorities have directed the responsible officers to search for those
files and commence investigations as early as possible".
"The CID is a very vital institution in the administration of justice
in the country. Therefore the CID should maintain the high standards of
the institution to show good results to the public", the Senior CID
It was also revealed that a number of civil matters such as cheque
frauds and violation of business agreements had been entertained by the
CID. These matters should have been filed before the Commercial High
Court and not before the CID, the officer added.
All these civil matters in future, will be referred to the relevant
authorities for their information and action, he added.
Legal Aid Commission Chairman S. S. Wijeratne who had conducted the
countrywide Legal Documentary Service and Legal Aid for Tsunami Victims
conducted by Legal Aid Commission in collaboration with the National
Centre for Victims of Crimes, sponsored by Asia Foundation, praised the
then Southern Range DIG D. W. Prathapasinghe for his excellent
assistance rendered to set up several Legal Aid Centres in the Southern
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the then Prime Minister who visited the
Southern Range on an invitation of LAC Chairman S. S. Wijeratne agreed
to assist the Legal Aid Commission in their functioning.
Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent of Police Nimal Kulatunga, who was
attached to the Sri Lanka High Commission in Ottawa, Canada, assumed
duties as Director - CID, recently. SSP Kulatunga had in the past, led a
number of investigations, including Thilanga Sumathipala case, which
concluded recently, where the accused was convicted after trial.