Shashi Weerawansa will be arrested if charges proved: Police

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - 21:44

The CID has initiated an inquiry into the controversial diplomatic passport alleged to have been acquired by former minister Wimal Weerawansa’s wife Shashi Weerawansa by producing fake information.

Sources reveal that the former Minister Wimal Weeranwasa’s wife had applied for a diplomatic passport in 2010 by submitting incorrect personal information which was dissimilar to what appears in her previous normal passport that expired on May 24, 2009.

Sheerja Udayanthi Weerawansa was issued a normal passport bearing No: N1284124 on May 24, 2004 stating the date of birth as February 1, 1967 and the National Identity Card number as 675320233V. The application number was N041308865.

Former Minister Weerawansa’s wife had mentioned her address as, A/9 MP’s Quarters, Madiwela, her place of birth was given as Wellampitiya and occupation as housewife.

But her new diplomatic passport D3642817 is dated September 13, 2010 and it will expire on September 13, 2020. The diplomatic passport gives her name as Randunu Mudiyanselage Shehasha Udayanthi Ranasinghe with her date of birth as February 3, 1971 and the NIC number, 715344696V.

Her address was mentioned as B/13, Pajat Road, Stanmore Crescent, Colombo 7 and the application number, N101727278. Her occupation was stated as housewife and marital status appears on both passports as married with the eye colour, hair colour and complexion stated as black.

The Police Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana speaking to media stated it was illegal to own two passports at a time according to Clause 45.1 of the Immigration and Emigration Act, and in case someone wished to apply for a new passport, the previous one had to be cancelled after noticing the authorities.

SSP Ajith Rohana said when someone with a normal passport applied for a diplomatic passport; the previous passports number should be mentioned in the diplomatic passport. He said according to investigations, Mrs. Weerawansa had not done so.

When question raised whether it was possible for a minister’s wife could obtain a diplomatic passport, SSP Rohana said it was questionable and that they had asked the Immigration and Emigration Controller regarding the matter.

Actions will be taken to apprehend former minister Wimal Weerawansa’s wife Shashi Weerawansa, if Immigration and Emigration Controller confirmed that she had infringed the Emigration and Immigration laws by holding two passports giving contrary information, Police stated.