An unidentified gunman has opened fire at the vehicle of Jaffna High Court Judge M. Illanchelian in Nallur, Jaffna.
The police spokesman said that Justice Illanchelian is unharmed following the shooting and that, however one police officer had sustained injuries.
The incident had reportedly occurred at around 5.30pm today (22) near the Nallur Kovil in Jaffna while the shooter had targeted the vehicle the judge was traveling in.
The injured police officer was on the motorcycle traveling behind the vehicle of the judge. He has been admitted to the Jaffna Hospital and is undergoing surgery.
Jaffna Police is investigating the incident.
Justice Illanchelian is the sitting judge in the high profile case of the murder of schoolgirl Sivaloganathan Vidya in Jaffna.
The 18-year-old student from Pungudutivu was abducted, raped and murdered while returning from school on May 13, 2015.
The incident sparked wide-spread condemnation and protests especially in her hometown of Jaffna while 9 suspects were arrested and indicted over the murder.