Gota’s FR petition re-fixed for argument | Daily News

Gota’s FR petition re-fixed for argument

The Supreme Court yesterday re-fixed for argument, the fundamental rights petition filed by former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The Supreme Court two-judge-bench comprising Chief Justice Priyasath Dep and Justice Sisira de Abrew fixed the petition for argument on May 31.

The petition was re-fixed for argument since the Supreme Court bench was not properly constituted to hear the matter.

In his petition, Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa had sought Court’s intervention to prevent an imminent arrest of him over several purported investigations.

On May 13, 2015 the Supreme Court issued an interim order staying the arrest of Rajapaksa and granted leave to proceed in the fundamental rights petition filed by him.

However, on June 8, 2015 the Supreme Court clarified that the interim order staying his arrest would apply for four incidents including floating armoury incident, allegations of corruption and irregularity in the purchase of MiG 27 in 2006, Purported share manipulation at Lanka Hospitals Limited and Mihin Lanka deal and his arrest cannot be made by three respondents including the IGP, CID Director and DIG of the FCID.

However, the Supreme Court observed that this interim order would not apply for any other investigative authorities who have not been named as the respondents.


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