SLMC inquiry on former JMO

Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) officials have initiated an inquiry on the former Judicial Medical officer of Colombo, Ananda Samarasekera who performed the first autopsy on the remains of ruggerite Wasim Thajudeen, after they received a court order, Medical Council chairman Professor Carlo Fonseka said.

Colombo Additional Magistrate Nishantha Peris directed the SLMC to inquire into the previous report submitted by former JMO Prof. Ananda Samarasekara and the committee members who participated in the investigations.

The probe will look into why the former medical officer took two and half years to submit the JMO report.

The first postmortem on the remains of Thajudeen, whose burnt body was found inside a car near Shalika Sports ground at Narahenpita on May 17, 2012, concluded that the death was due to a motor accident.

The second postmortem conducted by a team of doctors led by Dr. Ajith Tennakoon revealed that Thajudeen’s death was a murder, while the team also informed court that some bone fragments on Thajudeen’s leg were missing. Professor Fonseka said that the inquiry will ascertain whether the former Colombo JMO had followed the accepted medical ethics in conducting the post mortem.

The Colombo Additional Magistrate’s Court had also ordered the Criminal Investigations Department (CID ) to initiate an inquiry against former Senior DIG Anura Senanayake and the team involved in the previous investigation on Thajudeen’s death.

The CID recorded statements from several police officers including a former DIG in charge of Colombo S.A.D.S. Gunawardana who conducted investigations.

The case will be heard on January 7 with the submission of the report from technical team of Moratuwa University on the CCTV footage, along with other reports.