Grama Ni­ladari ac­quit­ted from forgery charges

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY T. FA­ROOK THAJUDEEN

The Colombo High Court yes­ter­day ac­quit­ted the for­mer Grama Ni­ladari for Wer­a­hera North from the charge of il­le­gally pos­sess­ing rub­ber stamps and let­ter heads of pub­lic of­fi­cers as the pros­e­cu­tion had not proven its case be­yond rea­son­able doubt.

Colombo High Court Judge Man­jula Thi­lakaratna ac­quit­ted the ac­cused who was ar­rested on April 26, 2018 al­legedly for re­tain­ing 26 forged franks and let­ter heads of pub­lic of­fi­cials like po­lice OICS, school prin­ci­pals and Provin­cial Sec­re­taries. How­ever dur­ing the trial it tran­spired that the ac­cused only pos­sessed four rub­ber stamps and that the rub­ber stamp of a doctor had given to him to be used for doc­u­ments per­tain­ing to so­cial work car­ried out by the doctor.

Coun­sel Upul Dhar­shana Mu­dalige who ap­peared for the de­fence con­tended that the Mount Lavinia Po­lice Ter­ror­ist In­ves­ti­ga­tion Di­vi­sion had ar­rested the ac­cused on a pre­vi­ous an­i­mos­ity and that they had fab­ri­cated ev­i­dence in or­der to get even.

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