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Fearing Arrest, Vijayakala Maheswaran obtains postponement for appearing before CID

Colombo, 28 July, (Asiantribune.com):

Vijayakala Maheswaran State Minister for Women and Child Affairs has managed to obtain a postponement for appearing before the Criminal Investigation Department sleuths today.

According to report published in Lankaenews website, which was republished in a few other news website, “As she fears arrest, State Minister of Women Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran, got summons for her to be present today at the CID office in Colombo, changed it to Monday 31st July.”

Earlier, Kayts Magistrate M. M. Riyal has instructed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to investigate how Women and Child Affairs State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran had allegedly instructed the police to release Mahalingam Shashi Kumar alias Swiss Kumar the main suspect in the Vidya Sivaloganathan murder.

The Magistrate gave the order considering the submissions made by the counsels representing the Senior DIG Lalith Anuruddha Jayasinghe, who was arrested and remanded for abetting the main suspect to escape. His lawyers drew the attention of the court to the state minister's involvement when the case against the senior police officer was taken for hearing.

The Attorneys representing Jayasinghe reveled in the court that the 9th suspect of the school girl's murder Mahalingam Sashi Kumar, alias Swiss Kumar was caught by the villagers and tied to a lamp post for the police to arrest. However, Minister Maheswaran has allegedly freed the suspect instead of handing him to the police.

The counsel told the court that the CID has not investigated the allegation against the minister.

The magistrate taking into consideration the statements ordered the CID to record a statement from the State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran and also to probe how the former Dean of the Law Faculty of the Colombo University, Thamil Maran learned about the suspect.

Today, the CID has recorded the statement from the Colombo University Law Faculty Professor Thamilmaran.
The 18-year-old school girl, Sivaloganathan Vidya was kidnapped, gang raped and murdered on Pungudutivu island of Jaffna in Northern Province in May 2015.

- Asian Tribune -

Vijayakala Maheswaran -  State Minister for Women and Child Affairs
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