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