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Last updated: 30 January, 2011 - Published 14:02 GMT
 
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Law College inquiry 'not yet over'
 

 
 
Sri Lanka Law College
A student has complained of exam malpractices at Sri Lanka Law College
Sri Lanka's Chief Justice says investigations are yet to be concluded over allegations of exam malpractices at the country's leading academy for legal studies.

DM Thushara Jayarathne, a final year student of Sri Lanka Law College (SLLC), has lodged a complaint over an alleged leaking of a question paper and special treatment to some of the candidates.

Chief Justice Asoka N de Silva is the chairman of the Incorporated Council of Legal Education (ICLE).

The SLLC launched an investigation after the student complained that in addition the alleged leakage of the paper, President Mahinda Rajapaksa's son, Namal, MP, was given a closed air conditioned room to sit for the exam.

But the student says he is yet to inform of the decision taken in the inquiry held on 11 January.

No conclusion

In a written appeal to Chief Justice Silva, student Jayaratne says that SLLC Principal Dr WD Rodrigo has made a veiled threat in an interview with Sinhala media following the initial inquiry.

 He has insulted me in his statement and further says that all my evidence is hearsay despite my insistence that I personally heard and witnessed what I am alleging
 
Student's letter to CJ Asoka de Silva

"The principal has said that I'm making allegations because my English knowledge is poor," Thushara Jayarathne says in his letter.

"He has insulted me in his statement and further says that all my evidence is hearsay despite my insistence that I personally heard and witnessed what I am alleging."

The letter also requests the Chief Justice to inform the student if the ICLE has reached any decision.

Media in Sri Lanka quoted SLLC principal saying that the investigation has reached a decision.

CJ Asoka de Silva denied that any decision has been taken.

"We heard few testimonies but some more testimonies yet to be heard," he told the BBC Sinhala service, Sandeshaya.

"We are yet to conclude the investigation."

 
 
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