Colombo Chief Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake yesterday (3), granted permission to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to use the defender vehicle, which was handed over by the Sri Lanka Red Cross to the Siriliya programme, maintained by former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa, after which its colour had been changed, as a Court production in connection with ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen murder case.
The Chief Magistrate gave permission after having considered a request made to that effect by the CID.
The CID told Court that there were justifiable suspicions that the defender vehicle, bearing number WPKA 0642, had been used to abduct Thajudeen prior to his murder, near the Shalika grounds on 17 May 2012.
The CID added that their investigations had revealed that the colour of the vehicle in question had been changed and in order to file charges against those responsible for the act, they would request the Court to include the defender vehicle as a Court production in the case.
The CID informed Court that the vehicle in question had been released to the Siriliya programme on the advice of then Minister Felix Perera and that inquiries were being conducted to ascertain as to why its colour had been changed twice and whether it had been used for any crime.
The Chief Magistrate had ordered the Commissioner General and the Government Analyst on 21 January to inform Court as to whether the colour of the concerned vehicle had been changed twice.
The CID producing a progress report on the case said that they had initiated an investigation on 18 February last year into complaints lodged that two suspicious defender vehicles, bearing numbers WPKE 3671 and WPKA 0642, which were being kept at Habarakada in Homagama.
The CID told Magistrate Dissanayake that they had sought reports from the Commissioner in relation to the two defender vehicles and that those reports had stated that the vehicles had been registered under the Director General of the Sri Lanka Red Cross at 104, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo 7.
The CID told Court that the two vehicles registered under the Sri Lanka Red Cross Director General being kept at a private place, had raised suspicions and in order to inquire into it, its investigators had visited the address Sisil Sevana, Habarakada, Homagama and that the vehicle bearing the number WPKA 0642 there.
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