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Non-compliance in invoking judicial process in Judge Pilapitiya’s case:

AG calls for Acting IGP’s explanation

The Attorney General has directed the Acting IGP to submit an explanation before Monday for non-compliance with his advice to invoke the judicial process in interdicted High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya’s case.

Embilipitiya High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya was recently interdicted over the controversial phone conversation he had with UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake.

Coordinating Officer to the Attorney General, State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne told the news media that after considering the extracts, voice recordings and after discussing with the relevant investigation officers of the case, the Attorney General had instructed the Director of the Colombo Crime Division (CCD) to obtain a warrant on January 23 to arrest interdicted High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya and to produce him before relevant Magistrate’s court.

On the same day, the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chandana Wickramaratne appointed a five-member committee to investigate the abstracts on the investigation on interdicted Judge Gihan Pilapitya and the committee was also instructed to make recommendations on the Attorney General’s instructions to arrest interdicted Judge Gihan Pilapitiya.

Attorney General pointed out that, when a statement was recorded by CCD from the suspect Pilapitiya, there was no denial made by him regarding the tone of his voice in the phone conversations. Attorney General further pointed out that he made these instructions after considering the circumstances and exercising his powers under the Section 393(7) (a) of the Criminal Procedure and AG wish to filed indictments against both suspects MP Ranjan Ramanayaka and interdicted High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya before the High Court.

Therefore, AG has directed the IGP Chandana Wickramaratne to submit a report before Monday regarding further legal actions against the case and submit an explanations regard to non-compliance with his advice to rely primarily on judicial process regarding the interdicted Gihan Kulathungas’s warrant.

 


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