Travel ban against Patali temporarily lifted

A travel ban imposed against a member of the National Council, former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka was yesterday temporarily lifted until March 17, 2023 by the Colombo High Court.

The order was given when the case filed against the three accused including former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka over an alleged motor accident that took place in 2016 at Rajagiriya was taken up before Colombo High Court Judge Damith Thotawatte.

President’s Counsel Sarath Jayamanna appearing for accused Ranawaka sought from the Court to temporarily lift the travel ban imposed against his client. Senior Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Pieris appearing on behalf of the Attorney General did not object to the request.Considering the facts, a travel ban imposed against accused Ranawaka was ordered to be lifted until March 17 by the Colombo High Court.

The case will be taken up again on March 20, 2023.At a previous occasion, the Supreme Court issued an Interim Order suspending the trial of the case filed before the Colombo High Court and that interim order will remain in force until March 15, 2023.The Supreme Court issued this order considering an appeal petition filed by former Minister Ranawaka seeking an order suspending the Colombo High Court from hearing of the case.

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.

Accordingly, 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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