Monday, 18 August 2008 12:27 ( lanka dissent)
Colombo Additional Magistrate Manjula Thilakaratne today (August 18th) ordered IGP Jayantha Wickremeratne to arrest Minister Mervyn Silva and three others immediately in connection with the Sirasa TV incident. The other suspects named are Kelaniya PS member Prasanna Ranaweera, Nihal Silva alias Munchee Nihal and Dulan Asiri.
The order came after the HQI of Peliyagoda informed the court that initial investigations revealed the four were connected to the incident.
Earlier, Colombo Additional Magistrate Manjula Tilakaratne warned Peliyagoda Police to confine their duty to investigate complaints.
He told the police not to assume judicial responsibilities and to pass judgment over the incident involving Minister Mervyn Silva and Sirasa TV and advised police to be impartial and to report matters to court.