Attorneys appearing for the aggrieved party in the case involving the alleged murder of Sumith Prasanna Jayawardane, a resident of Embilipitiya, informed that there was a conspiracy on the part of the State to cover-up the truth behind the death.

The lawyers, Udul Premaratne and Thushara N. Daskon also said that the Second Judicial Medical Officer (JMO)’s Report produced in the Embilipitiya High Court and in particular the opinions proffered in it and conclusions arrived at in it, were akin to a screenplay of a film.
The duo remarked that with the exception of an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) {C. Dharmaratne} who is presently remanded in relation to the matter, over 20 Police personnel involved in the incident of a clash between the Police and those at a party held in a house in Embilipitiya where the deceased had last been, were yet to be arrested (as per Section 32 of the Penal Code) even though the Magistrate orders were there for action to be taken, adding also that all except the ASP were presently on active duty.

Premaratne added that various parties were conspiring to release the ASP in question,
adding that the Criminal Investigation Department, despite being ordered by the Embilipitiya Magistrate’s Court, had not taken any statement down with regards to the incident of the deceased’s wife, the aggrieved party, the key witness, being offered a bribe of Rs 50,000 with the backing of Leader of the Jathika Hela Urumaya, Ven. Dr. Omalpe Sobitha Thera to remain silent regarding the case.

The second JMO Report was compiled by Chief JMO of Colombo, Dr. Ajith Tennakoon, the former President of the College of Forensic Pathologists of Sri Lanka, Dr. Uthpala Attygalle and Senior Lecturer in Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Colombo, Dr. Nanditha Asela Mendis.Dr. Tennakoon was not available for a comment.