The notorious drug trafficker Lal Peiris alias Kudu Lal who was recently sworn in as a Justice of the Peace is wanted by the Indian government in connection with a massive ten kilo drug bust, a Police Narcotics Bureau official said yesterday.
?The PNB was informed by the Indian police that Kudu Lal is the main suspect in a narcotics investigation?, he said. The officer said the airport authorities had been alerted in case Lal Peries attempted to leave the country.
Meanwhile Justice Minster, John Seneviratne has told Police Chief Chandra Fernando to hold a full inquiry and submit a report to him on Lal Peries after a controversy arose over his October 7 swearing-in before the Additional Colombo Magistrate Sujeewa Nissanka.
Reportedly Lal Peiris was accompanied for the swearing-in by Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva who is said to have recommended Lal Peries for the post of JP.
The noted underworld character residing at 190/2, Kirimetiyagara, Kadawatha was appointed as a JP by gazette notification of September 9.
A Justice Ministry official said the usual procedure for JP appointments was based on reports from the police and the Grama Sevaka and if a person so recommended was found unsuitable, then the Kadawatha OIC and the Grama Seva Niladhari who recommended Lal Peries should be held responsible.
The Justice Ministry in a statement last week said an opportunity was given to the people`s representatives to recommend suitable persons for appointment as JPs and such appointments were made on the recommendations of the police and the Grama Seva Niladhari.
?In this instance Lal Peiris has submitted an application, stating he has passed his A/L examination, is a businessman and the President of the Sinhala Buddhist Society and is holding office in many other societies?, the official said.
He said the application was recommended by deputy Labour Minster Mervyn Silva, the Kadawatha Grama Seva Niladhari had issued a certificate of residence and character stating the applicant`s character was very good.
The Kadawatha Police OIC had issued a clearance certificate stating there was no record of a criminal report against the applicant since 2000.
Last week the Justice Minster said the appointment of Lal Peiris would be revoked if it was proved he was involved in any misdeed and as such not suitable to be a JP.
Meanwhile the PNB officer said according to the fax message received from India, Lal Peiris was definitely not suitable to hold a JP`s post.
?Though he is in the PNB drug traffickers` list, he could not be convicted due various reasons. One of which was due to some police officers being in the payroll of these culprits?, the senior PNB officer said.