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Schaffter found to be bankrupt; murder probe takes another turn

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A special team from the Government Analyst’s Department had gone to Janashakthi Group Director Dinesh Schaffter’s house at Flower Road, Colombo 7 on Saturday evening and conducted an inspection as per a request of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

A group of CID officials who visited the house had also questioned Mr. Schaffter’s wife Tarni on the same day.

Meanwhile, it was reported that the investigators suspect whether the murder of Mr.Schaffter was a suicide.

Also, the investigators have focused on a letter written by Schaffter to his wife’s mother containing emotional comments such as “Thank you very much for raising such a good daughter.”

Meanwhile, it has also been revealed that Schaffter has invested millions of rupees in many business activities, but his business has suffered losses day by day due to the inability to recover the money as expected.

A land worth about Rs. 3,000 million purchased from Nuwara Eliya area has been acquired by the Provincial Road Development Authority, and an investment of Rs. 850 million invested in a business with a Jaffna District MP too is said to have been lost, also the dispute regarding Rs.1,600 million given to cricket commentator Brian Thomas and according to sources close to family he has lost around Rs.20,000 million due to failed business transactions.

It was also revealed from the statements of the close family members of Mr.Schaffter that an advertisement had been published on a newspaper for the sale of his residence at Colombo 07.

Police Media Spokesman SSP Nihal Talduwa said more than 70 people have been questioned so far while 70 CCTV footage have been inspected.

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Dasun Shanaka denies political involvement

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Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka insisted that he has no links to any political party in the country.

In a Twitter message, Shanaka said that he has noticed his image being circulated in a political party propaganda.

“I’ve noticed my image circulating in a political party propaganda. I have no inclination with any party or ever have participated as an ambassador. My one true love and passion is playing cricket for my country,” he tweeted.

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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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