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Ethimale OIC arrested for supplying cannabis to Monaragala SSP

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Ethimale Police OIC Sanjaya Dharmadasa was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) last night (12) on charges of supplying the cannabis stock found hidden at the residence of former Monaragala SSP Sisira Kumara.  

The Police Media Division earlier announced that Monaragala SSP has been interdicted with immediate effect by the Inspector General of Police following approval by the National Police Commission.

Ethimale OIC was arrested following the interrogation of former Monaragala SSP detained at the Passara Police Station.

On January 8, the STF seized 23 kilos of dry cannabis hidden in the ceiling of the house of the arrested SSP.

A group of police officers of the Ethimale Police raided a cannabis cultivation in Kabilitta on January 6, and the former SSP has ordered a part of the raided cannabis stock be delivered to him in a police jeep belonging to Ethimale Police.

The Ethimale OIC, who was arrested by CID, is scheduled to be produced in the court today (13).

Meanwhile, police sources said the CID will soon arrest another police OIC in Monaragala for aiding the former SSP in treasure hunting activities.

(Lankadeepa)

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No COVID-19 deaths yesterday

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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (29) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,828.

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Racecourse murder : Boyfriend further remanded

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The university student who was held in remand custody for allegedly murdering his girlfriend with a sharp weapon at Race Course grounds in Colombo has been remanded further.

Taking up the case today (30) Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis ordered him to be further remanded till February 13.

The magisterial inquest into the death was held today before Colombo Chief Magistrate and

A testimony of the deceased’s father was recorded before Chief Magistrate and further magisterial inquiry was fixed for February 13.

The suspect was not produced before Court by prison authorities since he is currently receiving treatment at the Mental Health Unit of prison hospital.

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Constitutional Council approves several judicial appointments

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The Constitutional Council met today (30) in Parliament presided by Speaker and the Chairman of the Constitutional Council – Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Sajith Premadasa, Leader of the Opposition, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, MPs Sagara Kariyawasam, other council members Dr. Prathap Ramanujam, Dr. (Mrs) Dilkushi Anula Wijesundere, Dr. (Mrs) Dinesha Samararatne were present at the Council meeting held.

MP Kabir Hashim, had informed his inability to attend this meeting due to unavoidable circumstances.

The Constitutional Council considered the recommendation of the President to appoint K.P. Fernando, President of the Court of Appeal as a Judge of the Supreme Court, to the post which fell vacant with the retirement of L.T.B. Dehideniya, Judge of the Supreme Court. The Constitutional Council unanimously approved the above recommendation.

Further the Constitutional Council unanimously approved the nomination of N.B.P.D.S. Karunarathna, Judge of the Court of Appeal to be appointed as the President of the Court of Appeal, and the nomination of Mr M.A.R. Marikkar, High Court Judge to be appointed as a Judge of the Court of Appeal to the resultant vacancies.  

The Constitutional Council further decided to publish the advertisement on newspapers of 1st February 2023, calling for applications for the appointment as Members of the Commissions specified in Schedule to Article 41B of the Constitution. Draft format of the application would be published on the Official Parliament website. The deadline to submit applications is 15th February 2023.

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