Western Provincial Councillor Upali Kodikara remanded

Western Provincial Councillor Upali Kodikara remanded

Western Provincial Councillor Upali Kodikara remanded

Written by Tharushan Fernando

19 Oct, 2015 | 8:15 pm

Western Provincial Councillor Upali Kodikara who was arrested on charges of obstructing duties of a police officer was remanded until Friday, October 23.

The Provincial Councillor was remanded when he was produced before Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya on Monday.

Upali Kodikara was arrested on Monday morning on the charge of obstructing duties of the OIC of the Kirulapone Police Station when the Former President was summoned to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into large scale corruption and fraud.

Speaking in Court, the police clarified that despite the fact that only a selected group of people were authorised entrance to the Commission of Inquiry, Upali Kodikara had failed to heed the orders of the police and  forcibly entered the premises by pushing aside the police.

Attorneys appearing on behalf of Upali Kodikara said that any person has the freedom to go to the commission, adding that no notice board was displayed to the effect that admittance was restricted. However, the magistrate pointed out that a previous order had been issued that persons unconnected to the Commission of Inquiry are not permitted inside.

Defence Counsel, Premanath Dolawatte noted that under the penal code, the Magistrate’s Court can grant bail to the suspect over this matter. But the police were strictly opposed to this, noting that police officers had been affected gravely and the respected court rejected bail on the grounds of a pre-existing case.

Police Media Spokesperson, ASP Ruwan Gunasekara added that Western Provincial Councilor Upali Kodikara, surrendered to the Cinnamon Gardens Police Station at 11:20 on Monday morning and was arrested on the charges of intimidating public officers who were on duty and for using force. He was   subsequently  produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate.

The spokesperson further stated that court remanded him until October 23rd of this month.

He said:

We hope to file a case against him with regard to the crimes committed under the penal code.

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