threats from Lankan mission
By Chris Kamalendran
A two-member CID team is now in New Delhi following
up investigations into death threats received by a leading Indian
hand-writing and forensic expert, Professor P. Chandrasekeran, who
was assisting the prosecution case against a former military spokesman
allegedly involved in a forgery case.
follows initial investigations, with the help of the Interpol based
in France, revealing that calls threatening him with death, originated
from the Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi. Police suspect
the call had been made by a staffer without the knowledge of senior
diplomats in the High Commission.
Chandrasekeran's forensic expertise helped make a significant breakthrough
in the inquiry into the murder of late Indian Prime Minister, Rajiv
Gandhi. The Indian Central Bureau of Investigation that conducted
the case turned to his help to examine important documents.
is a principal witness in a case where former Army Spokesman Sumedha
Perera, former Secretary of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, Bandula
Wijesinghe and Sarath Wijewardena, a caretaker, are indicted before
Colombo High Court Judge Rohini Perera. They are charged with forging
documents to take possession of a land and property in Rajagiriya
owned by Frederick Wimaladharma Obeysekera, a one-time Chairman
of the Kotte Urban Council.
the CID probe continues in New Delhi, the State Counsel who is prosecuting
in the same case, S. Thurairajah, has now complained to Attorney
General K.C. Kamalasabeyson and Solicitor General C. R. de Silva
that he was himself receiving death threats. He also brought this
fact to the notice of the High Court judge this week in open court.
Thurairajah said that on two occasions he received telephone calls
where callers were abusive. They wanted him to withdraw from the
case or face the consequences. On another occasion, when he was
driving home in his car, he had been followed by a three wheeler.
Near Thimbirigasyaya, this three-wheeler with a driver and another
had tried to bring his vehicle to a halt by obstructing his vehicle.
He had, however, sped away. On another occasion, an unidentified
motor cyclist had overtaken his vehicle and tried to bring his car
to a halt. When he avoided it, a jeep with suspicious characters
had banged on his vehicle but he had managed to get away. Unknown
persons had also been making their presence felt near his house.
March 14, Mr. Thurairajah told Judge Rohini Perera that he had received
death threats over his appearance as the state counsel in the case
of forgery. He said it was the investigators who were early victims.
Then came the Judges and it was now the State Counsel, he pointed
threat on Prof. Chandrasekeran was made after the prosecution called
for a report from him to decipher the hand-writing. When he was
in Sri Lanka to study documents, he was provided 24-hour Ministrial
Security Division protection in view of his high-profile status.