SC interim order over Alles’ petition must be sought before filing indictments against the former MP:Colombo HC

SC interim order over Alles’ petition must be sought before filing indictments against the former MP:Colombo HC

SC interim order over Alles’ petition must be sought before filing indictments against the former MP:Colombo HC

Written by Tharushan Fernando

24 Aug, 2016 | 9:04 pm

The Colombo High Court ruled that an interpretation on the interim order issued by the Supreme Court over a Fundamental Rights Petition of former MP Tiran Alles must be sought before filing indictments against the former MP.

The case was taken up before High Court Judge Kusala Sarojini Weerawardena on Wednesday.

Indictments were to be made against Tiran Alles over the case filed against him at the Colombo High Court on alleged financial fraud committed in a housing project done through RADA or the Reconstruction and Development Agency.

On previous occasions the police media spokesperson as well as several other sources have revealed that the case is with regard to a Rs.800 million transaction.

When the case was brought up before the courts today Additional Solicitor General, President’s Counsel Yasantha Kodagoda informed courts that the transaction amounts to Rs. 124 million. However,  the attorney representing Tiran Alles, President’s Counsel Nalin Ladduwahetty argued that the indictment papers in this regard cannot be handed over to the courts today.

He pointed out that such indictments cannot be presented at this point as the final verdict of the fundamental rights petition filed by Tiran Alles is yet to be announced by the Supreme Court.

Moreover, President’s Counsel Shanaka Ranasinghe informed courts that a statement is yet to be recorded from the second witness in question, Emil Kanthan.

He also argued that unlike in many cases where measures have been taken to record statements from witnesses who are overseas, in this case the witness, Emil Kanthan has not even been informed in this regard.

After taking the facts into consideration, High Court Judge Kusala Sarojani Weerawardana said that, according to the interim order of the court, facts should be elaborated on the the indictments of the fundamental rights case of Tiran Allas on September 28.

Former parliamentarian, Tiran Alles stated that attorney (appearing on behalf of him) has argued that the verdict of the fundamental rights petition that was submitted to the Supreme Court should be taken into consideration and the court agreed to the request and allowed for the indictment to not be accepted until the verdict of the case filed at the Supreme Court is handed out on September 28.

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