Written by Zulfick Farzan
23 Jun, 2020 | 4:31 pm
Colombo (News 1st); Former Ministers Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and Arjuna Ranatunga as well as the leader of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake filed preliminary objections with the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to probe incidents of political victimization in the public sector with regard to a complaint on Avant-Garde Maritime Services.
Former Solicitor General Wasantha Navaratne Bandara PC, who is also named as a respondent in the complaint said oral objections will be made against the conduct of the Presidential Commission.
He had said he would report facts to the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka to seek assistance if necessary.
President’s Counsel Upul Jayasuriya said he was only made aware of summons issued on him with regard to the matter via the media and rumors.
He requested for copies of the evidence statements and other documents be made available to him.
Attorney-at-Law Gunaratne Wanninayake appearing for Rajitha Senaratne also requested copies of the documents filed by the complainant to be made available to him in order to understand why his client, the Former Minister, was named as a respondent in the matter.
Attorney General Dappula De Livera said on Monday (22) that Nissanka Senadhipathi, the Chairman of Avant-Garde has no legal standing to file a complaint with the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing incidents of political victimization of public sector employees.
The Attorney General had filed indictments in the Avant-Garde arms trafficking case against Avant-Garde Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi and several others last September with the Colombo Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar.
Among the charges filed against the accused last year were illegally operating merchant vessel ship MV Avant Garde carrying a stock of firearms and explosives including 816 unlicensed automatic firearms and 202,935 rounds of ammunition on the seas off Galle.
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