The CID filed charges in courts against six people, including three navy personnel and three former LTTE cadres of the Karuna faction over the murder of the late Jaffna district MP Nadaraja Raviraj.
Filing the charge sheets before Colombo Additional Magistrate Nirosha Fernando, the CID informed that the Attorney General had given instructions to conduct a non-summary inquiry in respect of the six accused – Palana Sami Suresh, Hettiarachchilage Prasath Chandana Kumara, Gamini Seneviratne, Pradeep Chaminda, Sivakanthan Vivekanandan alias Charan and Fabian Royston Toussaint.
Two suspects Hettiarachchilage Prasath Chandana Kumara and Gamini Seneviratne arrested in connection with the incident were ordered to be further remanded till November 17 by the Additional Magistrate.
Raviraj was shot dead near his residence at Manning Town, Narahenpita in 2006 when his vehicle was being driven by him along Martha Road. The CID had recovered the tri-shaw and the weapon allegedly used in the killing of the former parliamentarian.
Court permitted the CID to proceed with the non-summary inquiry in the absence of Sivakanthan Vivekanandan alias Charan and Palana Sami Suresh who are believed to have left the country and an arrest warrant was issued for their arrests.
The CID has unearthed evidence that former Eastern Province Chief Minister Chandrakanthan alias Pilleyan too is linked to the murder of Raviraj. Charan, one of the six accused in the murder of Raviraj according to CID is a close ally of Pilleyan. Pilleyan is said to have given the weapon to Charan, which was used in the Raviraj killing.