Written by Staff Writer
02 Feb, 2015 | 9:03 pm
A writ petition was filed at the Court of Appeal on Monday, against Former Chief Justice Mohan Pieris requesting that the charge made against him at the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption be examined, and that the Former Chief Justice’s passport be impounded until the said investigations are completed .
The writ petition was filed by Customs Officer T. Ratnasiri, and Attorney-At-Law Nagananda Kodituwakku.
Five individuals, including Former Chief Justice, Mohan Pieris, the Chairman of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, Jagath Balapatabendi; and the Attorney General have been named as Respondents.
The petition states that a huge financial loss was caused to the Customs, when a case filed by the Customs against a private company which was evading the payment of 619 million rupees to the Customs, was withdrawn by Mohan Pieris while he served as the Attorney General of Sri Lanka.
The petition also states that when Customs officials filed a Fundamental Rights petition in this regard at the Supreme Court, the case was not taken up for consideration, and that Mohan Pieris later dismissed the case while he served as Chief Justice.
The petitioners further note that the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption did not examine the complaint they filed in this regard and did not heed their request to impound Peiris’ passport.
The petitioners are seeking an order from the court, to the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, to investigate the charges against Mohan Peiris and to impound his passport.
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