SSP Neville Guruge, Director Investigations, Commission to Investigate Allegations against Bribery or Corruption had a different story on Tuesday in an era where policemen are being regularly copped on charges of bribery.
The Crimes OIC Kalutara South was offered a bribe and he promptly tipped off Guruge`s sleuths. A trap was set and the men offering the bribe of Rs. 100,000 were arrested.
All they wanted the cop to do was reduce the amount of heroin seized from a drug peddler by a fraction.
Guruge explained that if a suspect had less than 2 grams of heroin he would be produced before the Magistrate Court charged with a lesser offence while if it was more he would be produced before the High Court.
The suspect arrested for possession of heroin was Meegoda Pattigedera Wimalaratne, a drug peddler.
The men arrested by the bribery sleuths for offering the bribe to the OIC were the man who contacted the OIC to offer the bribe Seeni Packeer Abdul Khan and the suspects relative B. Ariyaratne. Kalutara Magistrate Aruna Seneviratne ordered the two suspects to be remanded till November 12.
Which goes to show Guruge said, that not all policemen are crooked. The majority are straight.