Jaffna High Court Judge M. Elancheliyan is a member of the trial-at-bar that is hearing the case on the rape and murder of Vidya Sivaloganathan.
The shooting had taken place at the Nallur Kovil Junction at 05:10 this evening (July 22).
The unknown gunman had grabbed the side-arm of one of the two police officers providing security to the judge and opened fire.
Justice M. Elancheliyan was not harmed in the incident but the gunman immediately fled the scene, according to the police.
An officer attached to his security detail was injured and has been rushed to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital.
Justice M. Elancheliyan spoke exclusively to News 1st on the incident that took place:
(Text of a Statement issued by Tamil National Alliance Spokesperson M.A. Sumanthiran M.P. on July 22nd 2017)
The Tamil National Alliance strongly condemns the attack on Jaffna High Court Judge Illanchelliyan. We pray for Judge Illancheliyan and for the speedy recovery of the Police officers injured in this incident.
We urge the Inspector General of Police to bring the perpetrators of this incident to justice and to investigate the conspiracies behind this incident.
While we strongly condemn these kinds of violent attacks on the administration of justice, we are gravely concerned that the incidents of crime in Jaffna peninsula have reached serious levels. Further, it also raises serious doubts as to whether those who want to gain benefits out violence are behind this attack.
This situation must be arrested immediately and we request all concerned to cooperate to bring these kinds of incidents to an end.
Hon. M. A. Sumanthiran