A Batticaloa Magistrate yesterday extended the remand custody of Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan over the alleged killing of a Tamil parliamentarian.
Magistrate M. Ganesharaja remanded the former Chief Minister and three other suspects until 12 May when the case was taken up for hearing.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested Pillayan on 11 October 2015 when he arrived at the CID office in Colombo to give a statement over the killing of former Batticaloa District Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham. This is the 37th time the courts extended his remand.
The other three suspects are former TMVP National Coordinator and Eastern Provincial Councilor Edwin Silwa Krishnanantharaja, K. Kanaganayagam and Army Intelligence Officer M. Kaleel.
Pararajasingham was killed by unidentified gunmen when he was attending a Christmas midnight mass at St. Mary's church in Batticaloa on 25 December 2005.