Ananda principal indicted on forgery charges


The principal of Ananda College, B. A Abeyrathne, has been indicted on charges of misleading the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) with false documents.

The documents were submitted in the course of an investigation conducted by the CID in connection with a complaint made by Major W. A. D. U. D. Weerakkodi regarding a Year One admission case.
According to the complaint, lodged with the CID, a student was to be admitted to Ananda College in 2006 on an allegedly forged document. The signature appearing under a one-word handwritten approval from supposedly a member of the school’s admissions interview board was later confirmed to be in the principal’s hand.

In their investigation, the CID recorded a statement from the Ananda College principal and took a sample of the principal’s handwriting at the CID office. For the purpose of comparing samples of the principal’s handwriting, the CID asked the principal to provide them with three letters in the principal’s hand. The principal subsequently produced three handwritten letters that he said he had sent to different recipients on different occasions.

The three letters were addressed to a person named Wickrama Hennayake, the president of the Old Anandians Sports Club, and the principal of Nalanda College.

Leading handwriting expert Professor P. Chandrasekaran of India concluded that the three letters submitted to the CID by the Ananda College principal as having been written by him were not in the principal’s hand.

Twelve witnesses have been cited in the case.

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