Elephants fraud case; suspect remanded
Samarappuli Niraj Roshan, who is alleged to have possessed five
elephants without valid documents was on Friday further remanded until
March 24 by Colombo Chief Magistrate and Additional District Judge Gihan
Pilapitiya. Police sources said a key witness in the case had fled the
country. The Criminal Investigation Department who is conducting
investigations into the elephants fraud said that the documents produced
by the suspect have been forged the CID is conducting investigations to
ascertain the whereabouts of the other elephants captured illegally from
One of the main witnesses to the incident had left the country, the
CID said. President's Counsel Kalinga Indatissa, Senior counsel for the
suspect Roshan, moving for bail submitted that the documents produced by
the investigators have not been approved by the Edq.
Citing several authorities the counsel Indatissa submitted that his
client was in possession of the elephants in question legally.
The case will be called again on March 24.