Joseph Pararajasingham murder: Pillayan acquitted and released  

By T.L. Jauffer Khan (Batticaloa Correspondent)


The Batticaloa High Court yesterday (13) acquitted and released Batticaloa District Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) MP Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, alias Pillayan, and four others over charges filed against them in connection with the assassination of former Batticaloa District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) National List MP Joseph Pararajasingham in 2005.

This was when the case was taken up before Judge D.S. Susaithas yesterday. Among the others thus acquitted and released was a former Eastern Provincial councillor.

Earlier this week, on 11 January, the Attorney General’s Department had informed the court that they did not intend to proceed with the case regarding the murder of Pararajasingham, over which Pillayan, among others, had been charged.

Pillayan, along with four other defendants, had been charged with the murder of Pararajasingham. He was arrested in this regard in October 2015, when he had arrived at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to give a statement in connection with the 2005 Christmas Eve shooting of Pararajasingham in front of a church in Batticaloa, and was subsequently enlarged on bail in November last year. A number of others were injured during the assassination, including Pararajasingham’s wife.

Pillayan obtained the highest number of votes from the Batticaloa District at the last general election.