HC suspends hearing till SC determination

The Colombo High Court yesterday ordered to temporarily suspend the hearing of the case filed against former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka before the Colombo High Court until the final determination of the appeal filed before the Supreme Court.

The case was taken up before Colombo High Court Judge Damith Thotawatte.

Senior Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris appearing on behalf of the Attorney General informed court that the Attorney General had given a pledge to the Supreme Court that he would not record further evidence in the case filed before the Colombo High Court until final determination of the appeal petition filed by the accused Patali Champika Ranawaka.

Considering the circumstances, the case was fixed for August 9 by the Colombo High Court.

The Attorney General had filed an indictment before the High Court against former MP Patali Champika, his driver Thusith Dilum Kumara and ASP Sudath Asmadala over the hit-and-run accident at Rajagiriya in 2016. The indictment was filed against former MP Patali Champika on charges of causing grievous injury to a youth named Sandeep Sampath while driving a vehicle in a reckless manner.

The indictment comprising 16 charges was filed against all three accused on charges of fabricating false evidence, conspiracy of fabricating evidence and submitting false reports to the Court.

The main charge is relating to conspiring and fabricating false evidence to claim that it was Dilum Thusith Kumara who was driving the vehicle which caused the accident and another charge relates to him allegedly conspiring to conceal evidence in order to protect MP Patali Champika from legal penalty. ASP Sudath Asmadala was charged with producing a false report to the Colombo Magistrate’s Court in order to protect former MP Patali Champika from legal penalty.


by dailynews sri lanka

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