Suspect Principal’s phone found on record mode
P. K. R. Ranasinghe, the former Principal of the Katugastota St. Anthony’s Girls’ School who came to the police to give a statement related to the alleged incident of admitting students to the intermediate classes using forged documents was caught as she was recording her statement using a mobile phone. Due to the recording of the statement, the mobile phone has been taken into custody by the Police to be presented to Court as evidence.
Police said that after reporting the incident to Court, the mobile phone would be forwarded to the Police Information Technology Division and a report would be obtained from it to be presented to the court as production.
The former principal came to the Special Crime Investigation Unit of the Kandy Police yesterday (23) at around 9 am to record her statement. After recording the statement for about nine hours, the Police informed her to come again yesterday (23) and to continue recording the statement.
The former principal came on Saturday (23), gave her a statement and placed her handbag on a chair next to her. When a police officer moved the chair next to her, the ex-principal moved the chair closer to her again.
When police checked the handbag due to suspicion, the mobile phone was found recording for about 15 minutes.
Police named the principal as a suspect after the Police started investigating the alleged admission of students to the intermediate classes of St. Anthony’s Girls’ School through forged documents. Then the provincial Ministry of Education took steps to transfer her from the school to the office of the Central Provincial Education Department. An investigation into the incident has also been conducted by the Provincial Ministry of Education and a charge sheet has been handed over to the former principal.