|Thursday, 18 November 2004|
Cader refused bail
by Sarath Malalasekera
The Special Investigation Unit probing the alleged Rs. 1 million fraud at the Samurdhi Society Development Fund by former UNP Co-operative Minister Abdul Cader yesterday told the Colombo Chief Magistrate and Additional District Judge Ms. Sarojini Kusala Weerawardena that they had forwarded the dossier of investigation to the Attorney General for his advice.
Refusing an application for bail in respect of Abdul Cader, the Judge observed that the suspect could be kept in remand until the completion of the proceedings before court. Three months in remand is not an exceptional circumstances to grant bail, the Judge added.
Abdual Cader was further remanded till December 1, 2004. At the outset M. Iqbal Mohamed, Senior Counsel for Cader, submitted to court that his client had been in remand for three months and the investigations into the matter was also completed.
The senior defence counsel said that investigators had not submitted to court the statements recorded from Dr. Ratnayake and S.B. Divaratne.
Inspector Ruwan Gunasekera said that they had not recorded the statement of Dr. Ratnayake.
Filing a further report in connection with their investigations Inspector Ruwan Gunasekera, OIC, of the Special Investigation Unit, earlier said that they have to record a statement from former Director General Kumari Navaratne in connection with the issue of the Rs. 1 million cheque to Abdul Cader.
The report also stated that according to the statement made by UNP Parliamentarian S.B. Dissanayake, on the request of former Minister Abdul Cader, S. B. Dissanayake had directed the Director General to issue a cheque for a sum of Rs.1 million in favour of Mahajana Stores, Gampola for purchase of rice.
ASP C. V. Widisinghe and Inspector Ruwan Gunasekera appeared for the State. M. Iqbal Mohamed, M.I.M. Ishan, A.M. Nazeel instructed by A.I. Munas appeared for Abdul Cader.
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