When the case on the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Ravindra Wijegunarathne was called before Fort Magistrate Court yesterday (28), he was ordered to step into the defendant’s crib.
The CDS, who was in full uniform, had refused to step in confronting the Magistrate that he does not wish to disrespect the uniform, leading into a tense situation at the court, for which the Magistrate strictly ordered him back to step into the defendant’s crib by excluding title prejudice.
The CDS is the highest title in the defence units of a country. Amid the greatest displeasure, Mr. Wijegunarathne had to step in before the Magistrate’s order.
At the moment there was Laksiri Amarasinghe, the suspect who aided the escape of “Navy Sampath”, in the defendant’s crib. When he was replaced by the CDS, in a brief moment he hit Amarasinghe with his elbow baling him to step back, all the more to be witnessed by the Magistrate.
“You think everyone here is standing according to the seniority too? The one just left was the first suspect, everyone is queued in order, you want to be the first suspect now? It seems like you’re so keen in always looking for trouble”, the Magistrate has told the CDS.
The hearing was rescheduled allowing CDS Wijegunarathne to come forward in civil at 2.30 pm thereafter.
If it was not for the CDS’s foolish pride on his title, solving these legal proceedings could have been much easier. If he prevented himself from assaulting the witnesses, had not avoided the Criminal Investigations Department’s notices and supported the investigations with his full corporation, he would not have been wanted to be sent into remand prison.
But, blinded by prejudice, hovering with fear and hatred and filled with lust for power, the CDS was in a tendency to show out the world that he stands above the law, following an end where he had to count bars.