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Court orders to probe assets of Podi Lassie & family!

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Colombo Chief Magistrate yesterday ordered the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to conduct a full investigation into all the assets illegally acquired by one of the country’s leading organized criminals Janith Madhusankha aka Podi Lassie and his relatives.

Colombo Chief Magistrate Nandana Amarasinghe made the order yesterday (05) after considering a request submitted by the Attorney General’s Department.

The CID has revealed that Podi Lassie, who is detained at the Boossa High-Security Prison in Galle, has accumulated money and property worth billions of rupees by committing many crimes including drug trafficking, murders and extortions.

The CID had submitted the progress of these investigations to the Attorney General.

Investigations have revealed that Podi Lassie has bought many properties including houses, luxury vehicles and other properties with the money earned from drug trafficking, including heroin sale, and that his relatives have also acquired many properties with the illegally earned money.

Accordingly, the Chief Magistrate ordered the Illegal Assets Investigation Division of the CID to obtain necessary court orders and conduct investigations into all the properties alleged to have been illegally acquired by Podi Lassie and his relatives.

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Police in civvies prohibited from stopping vehicles

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Acting IGP Deshabandu Tennakoon issued orders to all Police stations islandwide, prohibiting Police officers in civilian clothes from stopping vehicles.

The order was issued in the backdrop of the death of a carpenter due to Police firing in Narammala.

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Ranjith Bandara named as COPE Chairman behind harassment incident

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Opposition MP Hesha Withanage has stated it had been the present chairman of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) – Professor Ranjith Bandara, who had sexually assaulted a female COPE officer.

The allegations levelled at a COPE chairman (previously unnamed) had rocked parliament last week.

MP Hesha had named Prof. Bandara in Parliament last Friday (18) after MP Charitha Herath had urged to reveal the name, claiming that such allegations also put him in an embarrassing light as a previous Chairman of COPE.(Source : Divaina)

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Heavy traffic in Colombo

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Heavy traffic was reported on several roads in Colombo due to adverse weather conditions.

Meanwhile, the Department of Meteorology said that rain or thundershowers may occur in many parts of the country today (17) after 2.00 pm.

The department said that some places in Uva, Sabaragamuwa and Central Provinces will receive heavy rains of more than 100 mm.

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