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Remanded Fort Registrar had committed same offence before – CID

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The Chief Registrar of the Fort Magistrate’s Court, who is in remand on suspicion of having prepared a fake document and sent it to the Controller of Immigration and Emigration, stating that the foreign travel ban of a defendant had been lifted, had done the same thing in another case last year as well, by sending a fake document to the Controller of Immigration and Emigration, stating that the foreign travel ban of a suspect had been lifted.

The Criminal Investigation Department informed Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage yesterday (25) about this as well.

This travel ban had been imposed on a suspect in relation to an illegal cigarette case filed by the Kollupitiya Police. The Criminal Investigation Department informed Court that the suspected Chief Registrar had forged a document which stated that this travel ban had been lifted and sent a fax message to the Controller of Immigration and Emigration on 09.21.2022 stating that it was on the orders of the Court.

Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage ordered that the Chief Registrar of the Fort Magistrate’s Court who was arrested and remanded in custody by the Criminal Investigation Department on October 13 for preparing a fake document and Aruna Keerthi Kumara, who is in custody for misplacing the case file, be further remanded until 8 November.

The Magistrate, who ordered the initiation of investigations under the Bribery Act regarding the exchange of Rs.100,000, also issued a notice ordering either the Director General of the Bribery Commission or a designated representative to appear in court on the next day of the hearing. The Criminal Investigation Department also informed the court that a comprehensive investigation will be conducted regarding all the travel prohibition orders that she prepared.

After the initial investigation into the incident, the Magistrate rejected the request made by the panel of lawyers to grant bail to the suspected registrar who has been arrested and remanded by the Criminal Investigation Department and ordered her to be remanded for further investigations.

The Magistrate who emphasised that the nature of the offence and the fact that the typists of the Court had been pressured into typing the false orders and that the witnesses in this case could be influenced, also said that the bail request for the second accused was also rejected due to issues such as finding the missing case file.

The Magistrate observed the suspects through Skype technology and made this order.

The Criminal Investigation Department requested court to remand her until November 8, considering the possibility of her influencing witnesses, since the suspect had arbitrarily sent a letter to the controller of immigration emigration stating that the travel ban imposed on a suspect who had been produced in court subsequent to being taken into custody by Fraud Investigation Bureau in relation to a case of defrauding money, and misplaced the relevant case file.

The Criminal Investigation Department informed the court that 86 phone conversations had been held with the suspect from last February to October and the phone conversations had been carried out while near this court.

The CID also informed the court that the suspected Registrar had forwarded a bank account number to the suspect through WhatsApp and that they needed to check the accounts in that

regard, and the Magistrate granted permission to do so.

The court was informed that the Criminal Investigation Department that the second suspect had thrown the missing case files into the Kelani River and that the statements were contradictory when the spot was checked and that they would carry out a comprehensive investigation as they were suspicious about the case file.

The Criminal Investigation Department stated before the court, while submitting a B report that a person who had been arrested by the Fraud Investigation Bureau for forging documents and submitting them to a life insurance company and obtaining more than three million rupees had

been convicted of 7 out of 8 charges and sentenced to prison on February 15. The CID also said that this suspect had submitted an appeal on the same day to the Appeal Court and obtained bail.

Accordingly, the investigating officers had told the court that although the officer in charge of the case files of the Fort Magistrate’s Court sought to send the case file to the High Court in order to proceed with the case in question, it was not found and despite such circumstances, she informed the chief registrar, but she avoided taking any action.

The Criminal Investigation Department informed court that it has been notified that later on October 12, the suspect registrar had given the typist of the Fort Magistrate Court a form related to the removal of a foreign travel ban along with a case number and told her to type it and the typist had got suspicious about it and told the officer in charge of case documents about this.

The investigating officers also stated before court that when checking the case number in the relevant document and the missing case file number, it had been confirmed that both numbers were the same.

The Criminal Investigation Department informed court in a lengthy explanation that the suspect had sent a fax message to the Controller of Immigration and Emigration, stating that the

foreign travel ban of the relevant suspect had been lifted and that several pieces of papers with notes had been found in the garbage bin of the suspect. The CID told the court further, referring to the fax message that the Controller of Immigration and Emigration had been told that the case had been heard on October 1, the day before that and that the travel ban had been lifted then. They said that it has also been confirmed that the suspect had arbitrarily informed the Controller of Immigration and Emigration that the foreign travel ban had been lifted for the suspect.

Accordingly, the investigating officers stated before the court that the suspect was arrested during the investigation after notifying the Criminal Investigation Department, and they also told court that the missing case book has not yet been found.

Lawyers representing the suspect informed the court that no charges had been filed against her during her 25 years of service and requested court to release her on bail.

Speaking to court on behalf of the second suspect, President’s Counsel Shantha Ranasinghe informed court that he denied that the case file had been misplaced and requested that the suspect be released on bail.

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