Written by Staff Writer
23 Dec, 2019 | 9:30 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st) – Colombo Additional Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage today issued an order banning former minister Rajitha Senaratne from travelling overseas. The order was issued based on a request made by the Criminal Investigations Department.
Meanwhile, the former Minister of Health today for the third time filed an anticipatory bail application seeking to prevent his arrest in connection to the white van media briefing.
The anticipatory bail application filed by Rajitha Senaratne on the 19th of this month was rejected by Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne on the 20th.
The Chief Magistrate stated that the anticipatory bail application and the affidavit did not clearly mention the charge for which he was going to be arrested.
Dr Rajitha Senaratne amended and resubmitted the anticipatory bail application on that very same day.
This bail application was due to be taken up for consideration today, however, Rajitha Senaratne filed another amended anticipatory bail application this morning.
Presenting the anticipatory bail application on behalf of Dr Rajitha Senaratne his Attorney, President’s Counsel Wasantha Nawarathne Bandara said that politicians have been making statements that he will be arrested.
The Attorney pointed out that the two individuals who spoke at the White Van media briefing were not in any way influenced by Rajitha Senaratne, and that his client only organized the media briefing upon their request.
President’s Counsel Nawarathne Bandara speaking to media said that the anticipatory bail application was filed as various statements have been made on the existence of evidence on the two individuals who appeared at the media briefing being given special privileges by Rajitha Senaratne.
He pointed out that as Rajitha Senaratne had undergone open-heart surgery and therefore he has to constantly receive medical treatment.
Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peris appearing for the Attorney General’s Department stated that the anticipatory bail application does not conform to the provisions of the Bail Act.
The Deputy Solicitor General pointed out that the provision to apply for anticipatory bail is by no means a way for criminals to escape from the law and that Court must consciously apply their mind to the matter.
The Deputy Solicitor General pointed out that such applications are only a waste of time of CID officials on court proceedings, which could otherwise be used to conduct investigations.
The Additional Magistrate who considered the submissions made by both parties decided to take up the anticipatory bail application again on the 30th of this month.
Notices were issued on the Director of the Criminal Investigations Department and the Officer in charge of the Investigations Division to be present in court on the 30th.
UNP MP Dr Rajitha Senratne noted that everything will come to light and truth will win at the end of the day. He added that people of the country will realize the reliability of the media by then.
UNP MP Chathura Senaratne shared that the people would decide what is right and he respects the court for strengthening the opinion of the general public.
Meanwhile, the Propaganda Secretary of the National Freedom Front Mohammed Muzammil was summoned to the Criminal Investigation Department today(December 23).
The summons was with regard to a complaint he had filed against former Minister Dr Rajitha Senaratne.
Mohammed Muzammil noted that he made this complaint, and the subsequent provision of evidence, based on financial irregularities that had been carried out by Rajitha Senaratne at the Neville Fernando Hospital.
He added that the irregularities carried out by the Minister through this hospital amount to Rs 3000mn a year.
Journalist: But isn’t Rajitha Senaratne yet to be summoned and questioned by the CID?
Mohammed Muzammil noted that he would be and Rajitha Senaratne could be jailed along with Patali Champika at Welikada prison.
He added that former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe could also join their company.
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