Complaint against Ratnapura High Court Judge dismissed

The Ratnapura Police who investigated the complaint of one Inoka Wijethilake the stenographer, attached to the High Court that she was assaulted by the High Court Judge Ratnapura, Anura Kumara which resulted in her suffering serious injuries to her collar bone found that there were neither medical evidence or eye witnesses account that the complainant was assaulted by the High Court Judge. In fact they did not find a single witness who would either corroborate or any statement of any circumstantial evidence to prove or substantiate the allegations made by the stenographer. The Ratnapura Police, had requested the Magistrate to issue notice on Inoka Wijethilake to inform her that the police do not have any evidence to prosecute the High Court Judge, Mr. Anura Kumara. In fact the JMO and the other Doctors who examined the complainant to find out whether she had sustained any injuries to her collarbone and when they foundnothing, has even recommend he to a psychiatrist as they were of the view that she was suffering from a delusion.

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka has complained to the Chief Justice to immediately inquire into the allegations of the complainant without even taking the precautionary steps of contacting the local Bar Association of Ratnapura to verify the facts reported by the media. The High Court Judge was transferred to Moneragala. But, subsequently his transfer was deferred and inquired into the allegation the complainant was probed as the complainant insisted the she wished to proceed with her complaint, The Judge opted to be relieved of his duties in order to permit a fair investigation. Thereafter the Judicial Service commission (JSC) appointed him as the High Court Judge of Kandy.

A legal expert informed The Island that the action taken by the Police was precursor to charging the complainant for making a false complaint. If the complainant does not wish to take any private action, the next step would be to charge her for making a false complaint.

"Of recent date judges have been the butt-end of the attack by websites and others who have political agenda to attack those who hear politically sensitive cases so that their judgment would be impaired. It is the duty of the BASL to protect the judiciary from such offensive outbursts and examine what legal action could be taken against this web mafia," said, President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya who, assisted by a team of lawyers, is studying defamatory material against judges.

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