Schaffter found to be bankrupt; murder probe takes another turn



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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