Why the law for Anura, Sumith applies differently for Ananda Samarasekara?

Recently, courts gave bail to former JMO of Colombo Ananda Samarasekara, who is accused of altering and destroying evidence in the Wasim Thajudeen murder.

However, former senior DIG Anura Senanayake and ex-crimes OIC of Narahenpita police Sumith Perera, who face similar charges, had been kept behind bars for a long time for questioning by the CID. Officials of the Attorney General’s Department are concerned as to why Samarasekara has been treated differently, according to reports reaching Lanka News Web.

Swept under the carpet during the Rajapaksa regime, the investigation into the murder of Thajudeen on 17 May 2012 resumed after the present government took office.

Perera was arrested on 20 April 2016 on charges of concealing evidence. He was released on a Rs. 100,000 cash bail, three sureties of Rs. one million each and strict conditions on 16 February 2017.

Senanayake, arrested on 16 May 2016 on charges of conspiring to kill Thajudeen and concealing evidence, was released on a Rs. 100,000 cash bail, three sureties of Rs. five million each and strict conditions on 02 June 2017.

On the other hand, the CID sought a warrant for Samarasekara’s arrest on 02 October 2017. As a decision on the request was pending on 19 October, he surrendered on that day and was released on two sureties of Rs. 500,000 each. He did not remain behind bars for a single day.

Samarasekara is already guilty over the disappearance of bone parts of Thajudeen. Pursuant to a court order, the Sri Lanka Medical Council held an inquiry, found him guilty and suspended his registration and license for six months from 02 July 2017.

The law should apply for all equally. That should not change due to blessings or mercy of authorities. The controversial case is yet to be resolved to identify the real killers. In such a scenario, it is questionable as to why the CID looks the other way and allows the ex-JMO to escape. We all know that the law of the jungle prevailed during the Rajapaksa regime. If that is not to recur, all of us should ensure a situation in which the law applies to all equally.

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