Sri Lanka Young Journalists’ Association has lodged a complaint with the Judicial Services Commission requesting a probe into the dubious conduct of Kurunegala Magistrate Sampath Hewawasam in the case heard against Dr. Shafi Seigu Shihabdeen.
Magistrate Sampath Hewawasam’s dubious intentions came to light when it was revealed his wife Hiroshinie Hewawasam, is an employee of the Kurunegala hospital, working under racist hospital Director Dr. A M S Weerabandara, when the Magistrate dismissed the State’s withdrawal of the three-month detention order against Dr. Shafi and further remanded the Doctor last week.
Ideally, the Magistrate should have stepped down instead of presiding over the case against Dr. Shafi but he chose to take the case up despite glaring conflicts of interest and now it is said that he even manipulated evidence that painted his pal – Dr. A M S Weerabandara in an unflattering light.
Soon after the Kurunegala Magistrate further remanded Dr. Shafi – despite the CID B report clearing him of any wrongdoing – details emerged of the Magistrate manipulating evidence presented before the Court last week in order to paint Dr. Shafi in a guilty light while ensuring his partner-in-crime Hospital Director Weerabandara escaped any criticism.
In the interconnected web involving racist hospital authorities, racist area Police including the Kurunegala DIG Kithsiri Bandara with free access to media spun the web of lies to trap Dr. Shafi. Now it appears the parties invested have taken every measure possible to ensure their tracks are covered, but to no avail.
The Police had received some 615 complaints regarding ‘sterilizations’ by Dr. Shafi and almost 468 had been lodged following the hysteria on sterilizations. Eventually the number of investigatable complaints had dropped to 11 and further probing had revealed only three of them could have been effectively investigated.
The nine other claims were fabrications of the Hospital Director Weerabandara to which includes falsified hospital records, concerns lodged as complaints and adding tubal ligations that were consented to, as those performed without consent.
This complaint against the Magistrate comes against the backdrop of another investigation launched by the Special Crimes Unit of the Police, to verify the ‘sterilization’ allegations made against Dr. Shafi as per the instructions of the Acting IGP.