Money, money in a rich man's world...
Crisp 5000 rupee notes neatly packed in two parcels ….a smile lights
up her face. “This is the profit, I earned for my investment.
Fortunately, I invested my money without busting it up” . These were the
thoughts flitting through her mind. “I must deposit this money in a
Stacks of forged Rs.5, 000 bills
It is not safe to keep this amount of money at home” she thought and
made a beeline to her bank. She waited patiently at the Bank's counter
after handing over the money but there was an inordinate delay. She was
wondering why it was taking so long for the Bank to give her the receipt
of deposit. “Agh! She thought they must be busy. Let them take their
time, I will wait patiently until I am called”.
There was a bit of a fluster. Bank employees were giving her funny
looks but little did she realise that it was the money pack that she had
had handed over was causing all the fluster.
The next thing she knew was two CID officers accosted her and began
questioning her. She got the shock of her life. All her plans were
shattered. She realised that she had been tricked and all the neatly
packed money were counterfeit notes.
The Bank quickly assessed the situation and called in the CID. What
happened next was the depositor was questioned as to how she came by the
The victim said that it was money which she had obtained as profit
for an investment she had made to the culprit- Hikkaduwaarachchige
Krishantha Rawlin Perera of 29/C Mahindarama Road Pasal Mawatha Ethul
It was like a scene from a movie, not a real life drama... in next to
no time in walks the culprit swaying his hands from side to side.
Dressed in stylish clothes no one would ever suspect that here was a man
who was into money laundering.
He had quite coolly and boldly walked into the bank with a cheque to
be deposited to another account. Not knowing that the police were in the
know of his antics , he smilingly walked into the bank.
The Police did not waste a second. On being identified as being the
culprit by Dulanjalee,the CID just swooped in on the catch and
immediately took the culprit into custody. He was unaware that CID had
already been called in and that his name was already noted. The police
never envisaged that they would have it so so easy. The culprit just
walked into heir hands!
Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana comparing the counterfeit
notes with the real one
Dulanjalee Jayakody nee Premadasa, only daughter of former President
Ranasinghe Premadasa had brought the bundle of five thousand rupee notes
amounting to rupees two million to be deposited in he account. She was
arrested and then she gave a detailed account as to how she came by the
money. The media reported the story earlier in the week. Dulanjali had
gone with the money to a HSBC bank branch in Cinnamon Gardens. However,
within hours the Police reported that they had arrested a suspect who
had allegedly handed over the money to Dulanjalee. Police media
spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that the former President's daughter had
no knowledge that they were fake notes until she was told by the bank
and that she received a rude shock.The culprit was a Managing Director
of a garment factory. In 2000 he had returned to Sri Lanka after
studying in England. He had been engaged with multiple businesses in the
country after his return. His family members are still abroad.
Police media spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said Dulanjalee had come to
the branch of the HSBC bank with two million rupees to be deposited.
While she was depositing the money the officers of the bank had
identified the money to be fake and had duly informed the CID.The CID
officers had rushed to the bank and had immediately launched an
investigation into the fake notes. The officers after ascertaining
beyond doubt that the currency was counterfeit had questioned Dulanjalee
regarding the fake notes. Dulanjalee had told the CID officers that she
was given the money by a close friend by the name of Rawlin Perera.
The police found Rs.2,015, 000 in the two parcels of cash brought to
be deposited in the bank. They found 403 forged Rs.5, 000 notes in the
packs. Dulanjalee had told the Police that she had invested some money
with a company and she got two million rupees as profit for her
The suspect was remanded by the Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan
Pilapitiya till April 4.While the suspect who was produced before court,
CID officer A.D. Nalin Priyadarshana said that Ranjith Tiranjan
Ranaweera, Manager of HSBC bank in Cinnamon Gardens Colombo7, had lodged
a complaint regarding 403 notes of five thousand rupees fake notes.
Dulanjalee Chadralekha Jayakody was a customer and that she had
handed over two million rupees in cash to be deposited, the court was
told.After checking the money, Bank officers had found the five thousand
rupee notes to be fake.
Following the arrest of the culprit, the police had raided the house
of the suspect and had found a a large number of more fake five thousand
They also found some equipment used to print the counterfeit notes.
The suspect’s house was in Ethul Kotte.After the Police explained the
findings to Court, the suspect was ordered to be remanded by the
Magistarte pending further inquiries.
Attorney-at-law Deshan Hewavithana appeared for Dulanjalee and he
said his client had accepted the two parcels of money which was given to
her by a businessman. She said that she did not count or closely examine
the notes. Attorneys-at-law, Leelan Amarakoon and Sanjeewa Senaviratne
appeared for the suspect.
Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya remanded the suspect the till April