Ex DIG indicted for suppressing evidence | Sunday Observer

Ex DIG indicted for suppressing evidence

30 June, 2019

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) which conducted investigations on ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen’s death has confirmed that death was not due to an accident but a murder.

Earlier, the Police maintained that Thajudeen’s death was caused by an accident. Following the Magisterial inquiry the Attorney General came to the conclusion that former Senior Deputy General of Police (DIG) Anura Senanayake was involved in suppressing evidence.

The Attorney General indicted Anura Senanayake in the Colombo High Court under Section 198 of the Criminal Procedure Code for his involvement in suppressing evidence against the suspects who are alleged to have committed the murder of Thajudeen.

After the indictment of Anura Senanayake, Court fixed the trial for October 23 and ordered him to hand over his passport to Court. He was granted cash bail of Rs. 1 million and two sureties of Rs. 2 million. He was also told not to interfere with the witnesses in the case.

Thajudeen was 28 at the time of his death on May 17, 2012. His body was recovered lying on the passenger seat of his charred car near the Shalika Grounds.

Phone call analysis found that Anura Senanayake called the CCD less than an hour before the murder and asked for a ride to the CCD Headquarters in Kolonnawa from his residence in Rajagiriya.

On July 27, 2015, the CID told the Court that Thajudeen was murdered. On February 25, 2016 Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court ruled that the death appeared to be a murder and ordered the arrest of all suspects.

During the Magisterial inquiry, DIG Anura Senanayake, former OIC of the Narahenpita Police, Sumith Champika Perera and former Colombo Judicial Medical Officer were named as suspects. They were formerly arrested over their involvement in covering up evidence of the murder. They are now out on bail.