A leading lawyer and his wife were indicted with transferring land by way of a forged deed and defrauding money in two separate cases before the Kurunegala High Court yesterday.
The indictments were served on the lawyer, a former acting Magistrate Chandra Bandara Rekawa and his wife Nelum Rekawa along with two others, in two separate cases before Kurunegala High Court Judge Nihal de Silva.
In one case the Attorney General has indicted the couple for the transfer of a valuable land in Kurunegala by way of a forged deed. According to the indictment the couple had made a forged document in respect of over two acres land in Kurunegala belonging to Korris Abeywardena. Along with the couple, two accused T.B. Dayananda, a clerk attached to Rekawa`s office and R.M. Ranbanda were indicted with aiding and abetting the said offence. They had signed as attesting witnesses to the forged documents and the accused were charged on six counts. The offence was said to have been committed on or around January 9, 1997.
In another case against the same lawyer couple, they had been charged on three counts, including defrauding Mohamed Cader of Rs. 6 million and making forged documents. The offences were committed on or around December 15, 1999.
The CID informed court that the third accused T.B. Dayananda is deceased and State Counsel Yohan Liyanage asked court to direct the CID to produce the death certificate in respect of the said accused.
When these cases were taken up before the High court, the charges were read out and the accused pleaded not guilty. The High Court judges granted bail to the accused and fixed the trial for July 18.
State Counsel Yohan Liyanage appeared for the prosecution.
Attorney-at-law Nalin Ladduwahetty instructed by Sudath Perera Associates appeared for the accused.