July 31, Colombo: State Minister of Child Affairs Maheswaran is scheduled to appear before the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to record a statement on her involvement allowing a suspect of the rape and murder of Jaffna school girl Sivaloganathan Vidya to escape.
The state minister is alleged of helping the suspect, who was captured by the villagers and tied to a lamp post, to flee from the police.
Kayts Magistrate Mohammed Mihal has ordered the CID to record a statement from the minister and commence an investigation into the allegation.
Following extensive investigations, the CID earlier this month arrested Jaffna Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police Lalith Jayasinghe for assisting the suspect, Mahalingam Sashi Kumar, alias Swiss Kumar to escape police custody.
Senior Lalith Jayasinghe was suspended after he was arrested by the CID for assisting a suspect in Vidya’s murder to escape police custody.
The 18-year-old school girl, Sivaloganathan Vidya was kidnapped, gang raped and murdered on Pungudutivu island of Jaffna in Northern Province in May 2015.
The gang rape and the killing shook the island nation sparking violent protests in Jaffna seeking justice for the young victim.
The police have arrested nine suspects including Swiss Kumar in connection with the heinous crime and they remain in remand custody.