Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said that action will be taken against everyone who was involved in sending the body parts of murdered ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen to SAITM. “We are awaiting the report from the Sri Lanka Medical Council,” he told Parliament yesterday.
The Sri Lanka Medical Council has commenced an investigation to ascertain how the body parts of Thajudeen was sent to SAITM.
JVP MP Kalutara District MP Nalinda Jayatissa said that sending skeletal remains of Thajudeen to SAITM was a violation by law, and instead of sending it to SAITM it should have been send to the office of the Judicial Medical Officer in Colombo.
Meanwhile, in a new development, ex-JMO Ananda Samarasekera who functioned as the Vice Chancellor at SAITM has taken a leave of absence since 28th September 2016. His leave of absence has been approved by the Council of SAITM.
Samarasekera is facing risk of arrest due to violating laws by sending the body parts to SAITM. The original autopsy of Thajudeen was conducted by Samarasekera who ruled the cause of death due to accident, however a subsequent autopsy revealed that the ruggerite was murdered.
Early this week, the CID recovered 26 body parts believed to be of Thajudeen’s from SAITM, despite an earlier claim by the institute’s chairman, Dr. Neville Fernando that Thajudeen’s body parts were not at SAITM.