Published : 8:50 am  December 17, 2015 | No comments so far |  |  (741) reads | 


Ex-Narahenpita Police OIC was yesterday arrested by Bribery Commission sleuths over his alleged involvement in the case where his subordinate, the Crimes OIC is said to have accepted a bribe of Rs.2.5 million from a businessman last week.

“Chief Inspector Upul Dammika Gunathilaka was arrested when he arrived at the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption last morning,” the Commission’s Director General Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe said. Bribery Commission officials had made several attempts to locate the main suspect since last week after he was transferred to Ampara as Head Quarters Inspector by Police Chief N.K. Illangakoon. Meanwhile, he had responded to an official message sent by the Commission asking him to report to its office today. The BC sleuths arrested the Narahenpita Police Crimes Branch OIC Hettiarachchige Don Tissasiri Sugathapala last week while accepting a bribe of Rs.2.5 million from a businessman in Kohuwala.

The businessman complained to the BC that the Crimes OIC had solicited a bribe so as to avoid taking legal action over a forged document prepared by the businessmen to facilitate a land deal. Although the BC officials knew that the mastermind behind bribe was not the Crimes OIC Narahenpita Police OIC, who had originally demanded a bribe of Rs.7.5 million, no action could be taken because of the lack of evidence. When the Crimes OIC was produced before Colombo Chief Magistrate he claimed that the station OIC was also involved in this transaction. The Daily Mirror on November 28 disclosed that a senior officer of the Narahenpita Police was also involved in the major bribery case in which the Crimes OIC was arrested. Narahenpita Police OIC has now been charged for soliciting a bribe of Rs.7.5 million to be paid in instalments. Bribery Commission Investigation Division Director Priyantha Chandrasiri is conducting further inquiries. The OIC was yesterday remanded till Dec.7 by Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peiris.