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Sumathipala files FR plea

By Chitra Weerarathne

The fundamental rights application filed by Thilanga Sumathipala, Chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka and SLT, was called before the Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva yesterday and was listed to be supported at a later date.

Rienzie Arsecularatne PC, appeared for Sumathipala and told the Court that his client feared an arbitrary arrest by the CID, pertaining to the investigation conducted by the CID, on a trip made to the UK in 1999, by one Dhammika Amerasinghe.

The petition alleged that the CID team, which conducted this investigation has not recovered the alleged forged passport in question, issued in 1997, and there is no evidence to show that Amerasinghe travelled to England during the specified period of time. Embarkation Cards or travellers cheques, linked to Amerasinghe have not been traced by the CID, the petition had said.

Among the respondents are the Director CID, Sisira Mendis, Superintendent of the CID, D. Y. S. Samaratunga, the IGP, the Solicitor General and the Attorney General.

The petition requested the Supreme Court to grant interim relief by restraining the CID from taking any steps to arbitrarily arresting Sumathipala.

The petition alleged unequal treatment by the Solicitor General and the Attorney General in ordering the CID to arrest Sumathipala and produce him before the Magistrate.

The petition also alleged that there is an imminent danger of Sumathipala being arbitrarily arrested and illegally detained by the CID, in respect of the aforesaid inquiry into an alleged incident of a forged passport being used by Amerasinghe to travel to England, in 1999, allegedly using the funds of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka.

The petition requested the Supreme Court to declare that Sumathipala’s fundamental rights were violated by the Director CID, Superintendent of the CID, the IGP, the Solicitor General and the Attorney General.


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