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Entrust trial to proceed without absconding chairman

The preliminary objection raised by the defence over the case filed against six individuals including Chanuka Ratwatte for allegedly carrying on financial business named Entrust Limited and accepting deposits, without authority was yesterday dismissed by the Colombo High Court.

At a previous occasion, several documents pertaining to the indictment were handed over to the defence by the Attorney General and informed that the prosecution is not in a position to provide entire documents pertaining to the indictments.

Following this development, the defence raised objections regarding the maintainability of the trial alleging that the prosecution has failed to provide additional documents pertaining to the investigations.

When the case was yesterday taken up before the Colombo High Court Judge Vikum Kaluarachchi for inquire on this matter, considering the facts, judge Vikum Kaluarachchi stated that the prosecution had already handed over all documents pertaining to the indictment to the defence and therefore ordered to dismiss the preliminary objection made by the defence.

The State Counsel who appeared on behalf of the Attorney General informed court that the prosecution will proceed with the trial under Section 241 of the Criminal Procedure Code, in the absence of the sixth accused, Isira Dharmapriya Bandara Dasanayake in the case since the accused had absconded court since inception of the trial.The High Court judge fixed the matter for inquiry on January 8, 2020.

Chanuka Ratwatte had functioned as the one of directors of this company and the sixth accused Sisira Dharmapriya Bandara Dasanayake had been the Chairman of Entrust Limited. At a previous occasion, Udayasiri Kariyawasam who had been named as the seventh accused was ordered to be released from the case following an application by the defence counsel.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against Thirunganam Kanagasabey, Chanuka Ratwatte, Rumesha Dushyanthi Seneviratne, Sanjeewa Dayaratne, Niroshan Mendis and Isira Dharmapriya Bandara Dasanayake for violating section 2(2), 2(4) and 56(1) of the Finance Business Act, No. 42 of 2011.

President’s Counsel Sampath Mendis with senior Counsel Harshana Nanayakkara appeared for the accused.

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