Bribery Commission hands over charge sheet to former CJ


By Chitra Weerarathne

Former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake is pictured leaving Colombo Magistrate Court on Wednesday morning with husband, Pradeep Kariyawasam on her left. The former CJ appeared before Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya in connection with her alleged failure to declare three bank accounts maintained by her. (pic by Kamal Bogoda)

The Permanent Commission to Inquire into allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) yesterday handed over a charge sheet to impeached Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake, before the Chief Magistrate of Colombo Gihan Pilapitiya.

President’s Counsel Nalin Ladduwahetty appeared for the suspect Dr. Bandaranayake charged with non-disclosure of assets. 

Counsel Ladduwahetty said that trial should commence 45 days after the handing over of the charge sheet to the suspect. The Counsel said that his client would accept the charge sheet only if that condition was abided by the court.  The court accepted Counsel Ladduwahetty’s submission and fixed the hearing for May 12.

Senior State Counsel, Dilan Perera, who appeared for the state delivered the charge sheet in open Court.

Observers from the British Lawyers Association and Asian Lawyers Association were present in Court.

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