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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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278 prison inmates to be pardoned

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A total of 278 inmates at prisons across the island will be released tomorrow in view of Vesak festival, the Prisons Department said.

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Parliament suspended due to lack of quorum

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Parliament sessions were abruptly suspended until June 04 due to a lack of quorum. 

There were less than 20 member present during the time of suspension. 

MP Jagath Samarawickrama was at the Chair.

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Notice for students sitting for Grade 5 scholarships

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The Department of Examinations has announced that the 2024 Grade Five Scholarship Examination will be held on September 15 this year.

It adds that applications for the examination will be accepted online from May 27 – June 14, 2024 and acceptance of applications will not be extended beyond the announced period.

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