Old boy says Trinity got disputed land from Missionary Trust

By L. B. Senaratne

Testifying before Kandy High Court Judge, D. S. C. Lekamwasam, former secretary of Trinity College, Franklyn Jacob, told court that the two pieces of land known as Jambugashena and Angeasadduma were the property of Trinity College, Kandy.

The witnes, an old boy of the school, was testifying in a case in which the defendant, Tilak Kumara Udugama, is charged with allegedly presenting false title deeds relating to two pieces of land that Trinity College claims belongs to the school.

He said the two blocks of land in question were transferred from the Missionary Trust to the Trinity College Board of Governors. He said records indicated that both pieces of land had been held by the Missionary Trust since 1872.

Mr. Jacob said he knew a person called Karunaratne who was the “ande cultivator” of the two pieces of lands, and that he had had quarters on the Trinity College premises. Karunaratne’s father, U. L. Kirihamy, had also served the school.

The witness said that in 1996 the Kandy Municipal Council informed the Trinity College principal that someone was attempting to register a deed to these two pieces of land and pay taxes. At this point, Senior State Counsel Dulip Jayakody showed the witness two deeds, which the witness identified as deeds 439 and 193. The witness said the deeds were executed on July 13, 1922. The piece of land known as Angeasedumma was one rood and 13 perches in extent.

Senior State Counsel Dulip Jayakody with State Counsel Jude Nanayakkara prosecuted, while Attorney-at-Law Dulip Jayakody,with P. Radhakrishnan,spoke on behalf of the defendant.

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