The Colombo Magistrate yesterday ordered the arrest the Nugegoda Police Division chief, the Senior Superintendent of Police, in connection with the killing of the brother of the missing underworld character Nawala Nihal and to produce him before court forthwith.
Additional Magistrate Manjula Thilakaratne made this order when the magisterial inquiry into the killing of Nawala Nihal`s brother Maurice Wickremasinghe was taken up in court.
Following an application made by the family members, the magistrate directed that a copy of the order relating to the arrest of SSP K. Udayapala be forwarded to the National Police Commission (NPC) and the Commission to Investigate into Allegations of Bribery or Corruption.
During the magisterial inquiry it was alleged that SSP Udayapala had compelled Mr. Wickremasinghe to transfer an undivided half share of a block of land situated in Nawala to the SSP`s wife Wasantha Kumari Pahathgama. The 28 perch block of land was sold at Rs. 2.5 million with the SSP himself signing as an attesting witness.
It was revealed that Mr. Wickremasinghe had written a letter the day before his death that the senior police officer would be responsible in the event of his death.
Following an application by President`s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasooriya the Additional Magistrate said the names of Anton Eric Joseph alias Maiya, Pinnaduwahewage Renuka Wasanthi, K. Udayapa and Manju had been revealed in connection with the offence.
The court directed the Director, Police Narcotics Bureau to produce Anton Eric before court and ordered the CID to produce the others also before court immediately.
The magistrate in his order said that according to the evidence of Mangalika Silva (Wickremasin-ghe`s wife), SSP K. Udayapala had solicited and taken a bribe from her. The magistrate ordered the Court Registrar to forward a copy of the order to the Bribery Commission.
Hemantha Warnakulasooriya, PC with Shantha Perera, Vijitha Wickremasekara and Anoma Jayasekara watched the interests of the dead man`s family.