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Podi Lesi further remanded

We are not prepared to allow ‘Mock Heroes’ to dominate society and shall initiate all possible steps to eradicate the dominance of gangsters’ in contemporary society, ASP Meril Ranjan Lamahewa of the Criminal Investigation Department said before Galle Chief Magistrate Harshan Kekunawela when case against notorious gangster Arumahandi Janith Madusanka alias Podi Lesie was taken up in the Magistrate’s Court today.

ASP Lamahewa said so making a further submission on the case regarding the death threats against the President, Defence Secretary and several high ranking prison officials at the Boossa Prisons in which “Podi Lesie” is the second respondent.

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic threat the suspect was not produced before the Magistrate and the Galle Chief Magistrate who rejected the application for bail and remanded the suspect until October 16.

ASP Maril Ranjan Lamahewa prosecuted assisted by CI Buddhika Jayasekara, SI Anuruddha Polwatta and PS Sandaruwan (40660) while PC Tirantha Walaliyadda with lawyers Harishka Samaranayake, Sasika Shiran and Ama Jayaweera appeared for the suspect.

The ASP further submitted that they had recorded statements regarding the incident from the suspect on court’s order and the investigations into the alleged incident of obtaining favours from Makandure Madush, another criminal in Dubai by a Prison Commissioner had been completed following which it was revealed that such an incident had not occurred.

Responding to the prosecution, the defence lawyer argued that there was no evidence to prove that his client made death threats to the President and as the suspect was summoned to the Balapitiya Magistrate’s Court to read out bail conditions to him with regard to a fabricated case of heroin possession against him, the Criminal Investigation Department had submitted a ‘B’ report accusing him of the said alleged charges of making death threats to the President.

The suspect is detained in a small cell of 3ftX 3ft and it is very hot to be inside. So the suspect had requested for a relief form the Prison authorities and if they could not provide any relief he had asked to call Kamal Gunarathna to come over to the prison and look into the issue. His statement of saying that he was not afraid of the President cannot be regarded as a death threat, the defense lawyer further told the court.

The defense lawyer pleaded the release of the suspect on bail as the charge against the suspect was a bailable offence.

The prosecuting ASP in response to the defense appeal said that the excerpts of the investigations carried out on the incident have been referred to the Attorney General and some other investigations into several charges against the suspect on alleged offences of possession of drugs and firearms were being investigated.

So we can’t allow the “Card Board heroes” to dominate the society. We object to the application for bail for the suspect, ASP Meril Ranjan stated.

The ASP also told the court that on the next calling date Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris will submit a further report on the progress of the investigations and would serve indictments against the suspect. “If the gangster will be bailed out he would make death threats upon me also,” ASP pointed out.


Gangster Podi Lassie named suspect, re-remanded(11:43)

Notorious gangster Arumahandi Janith Madusanka alias Podi Lassie was further remanded until October 16 by the Galle Magistrate.

Galle Magistrate Harshana Kekulawela listed Podi Lassie, as the second suspect in a law suit for murder threats.

He was named suspect regarding the death threats directed at the President, Defence Secretary and several high ranking prison officials at the Boossa Prisons.