Western Provincial Councillor Kodikara’s “police obstruction” case taken up

Western Provincial Councillor Kodikara’s “police obstruction” case taken up

Western Provincial Councillor Kodikara’s “police obstruction” case taken up

Written by Tharushan Fernando

02 Nov, 2015 | 8:12 pm

Western Provincial Councillor Upali Kodikara, who was granted bail in the case pertaining to obstructing police duties, appeared in court on Monday.

The Western Provincial Councillor has been charged with obstructing police officers outside the offices of the Presidential Commission to Inquire into Serious Acts of Fraud and Corruption, on October 16.

When the case was taken up before Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya on Monday, the charge sheet was presented to the defendant Upali Kodikara and further hearings were postponed to  January 18.

UPFA Councillor,Upali Kodikara stated:

Certain media had stated that I knelt and begged forgiveness. I have not sought forgiveness.  I made a satement noting my disappointment.  I will complain to the Police Commission and the Human Rights Commission, and seek damages amounting to 500 million rupees for the insult leveled at me. There is no censorship of the media for me.

Meanwhile, Rohitha Bogollagama, a former foreign minister, also appeared before the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court on Monday, in connection with the alleged misuse of state funds, to take up lodging at a hotel during an overseas trip, during his tenure as Minister. The Court acquiesced today to a request made by the ex-minister to release his passport from court custody, in order for him to travel overseas.

Former foreign ministerRohitha Bogollagama added:

A trial has not been set as yet. I am innocent in all of this because we don’t think for a moment that a hotel bill could lead to such an issue.   I have great faith in the court.

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