Cabinet has decided to conduct an impartial investigation regarding an incident where a 13 year old female student receiving education at the Medhankara Central College in Horana has been charged & produced before court for the theft of 08 coconuts.
Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukwella expressed the following views in this regard during the day's cabinet decision media briefing.
Moreover Minister Rambukwella also expressed these views regarding two practical bottle necks experienced in this regard.
Based on a complaint filed by the owner of a coconut estate, the suspect who is an area resident of the Horana-Aramanagolla area was produced before Horana Magistrates Court yesterday based on chargers that she had stolen 8 coconuts.
Meanwhile two attorneys have appeared on behalf of the accused in court free of charge.
One of the attorney's Thushara Gunarathna who represents the suspect expressing his views to our news team stated that they hope to urge the Attorney-General's Department to acquit the suspect of her chargers following an investigation to ascertain the motive of her act.
Meanwhile General Secretary of the Ceylon Teacher Services Union Joseph Stallin added that school officials are unable to levy chargers from students.
Speaking to our news team he noted that even a circular had been issued proscribing such acts.