AG orders arrest of Minister’s wife
Deepthi Bogollagama, wife of Advanced Technology and National Enterprise Development Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, is to be arrested and charged with attempted murder on the orders of the Attorney General.

The officer-in-charge of the Borella Police in Colombo was instructed by the Attorney General on Friday to arrest Ms. Bogollagama and produce her for Non-Summary proceedings before a magistrate on charges of attempting to murder Dr. S. Narenthiran, a resident of Borella, by stabbing him with a pair of scissors.

According to the papers filed, Ms. Bogollagama had visited the cardiologist at his residence and attacked him by repeating the words "I came to kill you". The cardiologist had suffered serious injury to his back and avoided more grievous injury by warding her off with a chair and overpowering her.

Ms. Bogollagama had in turn accused Dr. Narenthiran of trying to sexually attack her, a version the Attorney General has dismissed.

According to the instructions sent out to the Borella OIC, the Attorney General is of the belief that Ms. Bogollagama should be charged under section 300 of the Penal Code which reads "whoever does any act with such intention or knowledge and under such circumstances that if he by that act caused death he would be guilty of murder, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall be liable to fine; and if hurt is caused to any person by such act, the offender shall be liable to imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to twenty years, and shall be liable to fine".

The altercation between Ms. Bogollagama and Dr. Narenthiran is reported to be over a court case involving her husband and a live-in lady doctor friend of Dr. Narenthiran.

Dr. Narenthiran was warded in hospital immediately after the attack. Ms. Bogollagama had attended the mega-musical show of Shahrukh Khan the day after the attack, and then proceeded to Matara with her Minister husband and was seen on stage with President Chandrika Kumaratunga at a political rally to commemorate the President's tenth year in office.

Minister Bogollagama is a former UNP Minister, and claims he is still a member of the party. On November 18, while the UPFA Finance Minister Sarath Amunugama was reading the Budget proposals, Mr. Bogollagama took his oaths before President Kumaratunga and was given the portfolio of Advanced Technology and National Enterprise Development.

In an interview with The Sunday Times thereafter Mr. Bogollagama said that he was still a member of the UNP but would sit in the UPFA cabinet. Opposition UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said he was informed of Mr. Bogollagama's entry into the cabinet only after he had taken his oaths. The party has launched a disciplinary inquiry into the incident in preparation to sack Mr. Bogollagama from the UNP for his conduct.

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