Trial of school principal to go ahead

Upright judge rejects AG’s unusual plea

Former Ananda College principal B. A. Abeyratne is to stand trial in November on charges of allegedly preparing forged documents and misleading the CID in connection with an investigation over a school admission.

The trial, which begins on November 19, will be heard before Colombo High Court judge Sunil Rajapaksa. An appeal from the Attorney-General to withdraw the indictment on sympathetic grounds was rejected by the High Court this week.

Senior State Counsel Gihan Kulatunga informed court that the defendant had submitted an affidavit in which he said he would accept a transfer to another school and that he regretted bringing discredit to Ananda College. Counsel said several requests had been received to have the case withdrawn.

In response, the High Court judge said there were no legal provisions to discharge the accused, and that he should stand trial.

Among the witnesses to testify at the trial are IP Wijesekera of the Criminal Investigation Department; the principal of Nalanda College; the former Deputy Director of Education, Wickrema Hennayake; the president of the Old Anandians’ Sports Club, and Indian handwriting expert, Professor P. Chandrasekaran.

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