HC moved against FCID over Yoshitha’s arrest

By Chitra Weerarathne

The Colombo High Court Judge A. A. R. Heiyanthuduwa, yesterday, issued notice on the officer-in-charge of the FCID (Ranasinghe) Assistant Superintendent of Police (Serasinghe), Deputy Inspector General/Director Financial Crimes Investigation Division (Ravi Waidyalankara), the IGP and the Attorney General, cited as respondents in the revision application filed by Yoshitha Rajapaksa, son of the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and three other suspects.

The respondents were directed to appear in court on Feb. 29, 2016.

They were given time until then to file objections.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, attorney-at-law, was seated at the forefront Bar table, in the High Court of Colombo when the revision application, filed by his son Yoshitha Rajapaksa and a few other suspects was called before the High Court of Colombo.

The High Court ordered the Registrar of the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court that the proceedings of that court pertaining to the issue be left in the custody of the Registrar of the High Court. The note books, too, will have to be submitted to the Registrar of the High Court.

The four suspects who have filed the revision application are Yoshitha Rajapaksa, Rohan Weliwita, Dr Asan Ravinath Fernando and Kavisan Dissanayake. They are suspected of money laundering in respect of the CSN TV Channel.

President’s Counsel, Gamini Marapana, who appeared for Yoshitha Rajapaksa told the High Court that the remand order by the Kaduwela Magistrate on January 30, 2016 was illegal.

The Magistrate had remanded Yositha and others without refusing bail, the HC was told. Hence there was no valid remand order.

The Counsel added that the proceeding of the case at the Magistrate’s Court had not been properly recorded. The Magistrate had not written the order then and there but, subsequently. He requested that case proceedings be called into the custody of the High Court.

Senior State Counsel, Nalin Hewawasam said that the respondents had been informed of the matter yesterday only. They needed time to make submissions, prior to the Court considering the issue of granting bail.

President’s Counsel Gamini S. Marapana appeared with President’s Counsel, Jayantha Weerasinghe, President’s Counsel Kalinga Indratissa, Ganesh Dharmawardene, Navin Marapana, Kanchana Ratwatte, Sampath Mendis, Kaushalya Molligoda, Isuru Somadasa, Gimhana Wickramasundera, Chaminda Kularatne, Wijesiri Ambawatte, Premachandra Epa, Namal Rajapaksa and Uchitha Wickremasinghe for the suspects.

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