President's security chief arrested

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 02 April 2002, 10:41 GMT]
President's security division chief Mr.Nihal Karunaratne was arrested Tuesday evening at Colombo's leading private hospital, Navaloka by a team of criminal investigation department officials (CID) amidst tight security. Mr.Karunaratne is to be produced in Kandy magistrate's court Wednesday, CID sources said.

The arrest was made on the orders of the Kandy Magistrate Pradeep Hettiarachchi Tuesday following the rejection of the medical certificate submitted on behalf of the suspect Mr.Karunaratne.

In this case Mr.Nihal Karunaratne, Director of the PSD which is charge of the security of President Chandrika Kumaratunge has been charged for assaulting and shooting the supporters of Minister S.B.Dissanayake on the general election day in December last year.

It was stated in the medical certificate submitted on behalf of Mr.Nihal Karunaratne, that he was not in a position to attend court as he was undergoing treatment in Navaloka hospital. However the Magistrate Mr. Pradeep Hettiarachchi noticed the date appeared in the medical certificate did not tally with the hearing date of the case. Hence he rejected the medical certificate and ordered the immediate arrest of the PSD chief.

It was revealed Monday at the committee stage budget debate on the allocation to the President's vote that the strength of the Presidential Security Division was about 1600.

This year the United National Front (UNF) government has reduced the budgetary allocation to the Presidential Secretariat. This has caused anger in the main opposition.

PA parliamentarian and a former minister Nimal Sripala de Silva said during the debate that the reduction of budgetary allocation to the President's office would endanger the life of President Chandrika Kumaratunge by demoralising her security division.

"The UNF government is trying to clip the wings of the President by reducing the allocation to her office," said a former minister Mr.Dinesh Gunawardene and Colombo district PA parliamentarian.

 

Latest 15 Reports
21.01.22 07:24   Photo
ஈழத்தமிழர் தேசத்தின் தலைமைத்துவம் தேர்தல் அரசியற் கட்சிகளுக்கு அப்பாலானது
02.11.21 15:32   Photo
13 ஆம் சட்டத்திருத்தத்தால் கட்டமைக்கப்பட்ட இன அழிப்பை எதிர்கொள்ள முடியுமா?
15.09.21 08:19  
English version not available
17.05.21 19:23   Photo
Ananthi blames war criminal Silva for blocking collective memorial at Mu'l'livaaykkaal
23.03.21 12:41   Photo
No focus on Tamil genocide, geopolitics gets played out in Geneva in favour of QUAD formation
21.03.21 13:34   Photo
Navi Pillay explains ‘human rights’ limitations in Geneva on Tamil genocide
15.03.21 20:36   Photo
Deceived Tamil activists in UK falsely claimed ‘substantial changes’ to Zero draft
09.03.21 21:34   Photo
UK repeatedly wronged Tamils says hunger-striker, demands genocide justice
26.02.21 11:53   Photo
Tamils witness false dilemma in Geneva as geopolitical formations pit against each other
19.02.21 14:02   Photo
UK not prepared to push for ICC option in new UNHRC Resolution
07.02.21 23:16   Photo
Unprecedented P2P uprising paves the way for rights-oriented politics of Tamils and Muslims
22.01.21 08:01   Photo
Gotabaya sets up deceptive COI citing ‘sovereignty’ and ‘non-aligned’ foreign policy
18.01.21 23:44   Photo
Tamil activists resisted three sources of outside influence while drafting demands to UNHRC
16.01.21 11:03  
Tamil national parties demand UN to inquire into crime of genocide and set up IIIM
09.01.21 09:37   Photo
Demolition of Tamil genocide monument, fourth emblematic trauma since 1974: Rev Fr Sakthivel
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=6816