When the case regarding the attack on the Secretary to the Judiciary Service Commission Manjula Tillekeratne was called before Mt. Lavinia Chief Magistrate Ms. Nirosha Fernando yesterday (17th) the Court was informed that 600,000 telephone numbers will have to be checked in an effort to trace the suspects involved in the attack.
ASP Dharmadasa Pathirana of Colombo Crimes Division forwarding a report to Court stated a large number of onymous as well as anonymous information has been received by the police but they did not contain any useful information.
The police have informed Court that they would be able to forward important information once the telephone numbers are checked. The police say the telephone numbers are the ones that have been taken covering 4 ½ kilometers Mr. Tillekratane had travelled that day.
The Magistrate ordered the Colombo Crimes Division to arrest the perpetrators as soon as possible and bring them before Court. The case will be heard again on the 31st.
Attorney Sepala Dahanayake and counsels appearing for Mr. Tillekeratne say. “Filtering from a network of 600,000 telephone numbers is an issue. They could take all the time in the world and say investigations take time. We say such a long period is not necessary. The police could intensify their investigations and arrest the perpetrators immediately. We ask the police not to waste time but to arrest the suspects and bring them before Court. The masses are waiting for justice to be done.”