Written by Tharushan Fernando
13 Aug, 2015 | 8:23 pm
Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya advised attorneys not to politicise the courts and further requested their assistance to protect the honor of the court. The Chief Magistrate made these observation in court on Thursday pursuant to two groups of lawyers filing three cases based on political grounds.
Notice was issued on the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Arjuna Mahendran and his son-in-law Arjuna Aloysius, as defendants in a case filed by former provincial councillor Renuka Perera on Wednesday.
Later, another group of lawyers filed two cases citing former governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as defendants.
One of the cases noted that Rs. 12 billion from the EPF or the Employees Provident Fund was invested in companies owned by those affiliated to the previous government and losses were incurred. The other case alleges that the Sri Lankan economy suffered millions in losses through the purchase of Greek Bonds.
The lawyers who filed the cases requested that notices be issued on the defendants mentioned. However, the lawyers who filed a case a day earlier noted that as Mahinda Rajapaksa is contesting the election, and that the notice cannot be issued on him by law.
A heated argument broke out among the lawyers in the court and the magistrate informed both parties that the cases be presented after the elections as all three matters were based on political issues.
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