Not even a pen or Half Sheet ….

By Susitha R. FernandoImposing a suspended sentence on a public servant, the Colombo High Court yesterday stated that even Valtrex price in india a half sheet or a ball point pen should not be taken from a government office by public servants.

Judge W. T. M. P. B. Warawewa made this observation when he imposed a suspended sentence and a fine on former Project Officer of National Education Institute who was found guilty of preparing forged documents.

L. Padmasiri Jayasinghe was found guilty of forging documents to pass a person who came down in a Teacher Training examination.

The accused had inserted the name of P. B. Kulatunga who had failed the examination in the list of those who had passed the examination.

According to the indictment a list of those who got through the examination was prepared by project officer, Lionel Ranasinghe attached to Maharagama National Education Institute and the accused had fraudulently included the name in it. The offence was said to have been committed between November 9 1998 and August 1999.

Mohan Peiries PC appearing for the accused informed court that the trial had dragged on for a long time and if the accused had pleaded guilty by now he would have completed his sentence. The counsel also stated that the accused was interdicted in 1998 and he had to live without a job.

State counsel Shraminda Wickrema submitted that there should be a difference between the punishment imposed for minor offences and grave crimes similar to the one committed by the accused. The State Counsel said that the case had dragged because the accused did not appear before court on several occasions.

At this stage the judge observed that the accused would end his life in prison if a jail term was imposed. However the judge also noted that the accused had repeatedly lied and made a number of forged documents to cover up his original offence.

The court imposed three years imprisonment suspended for 5 years with a fine of Rs. 50,000 considering the accused age.

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