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Warrant re-issued for arrest of Secretary to Presidential Commission

The Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar yesterday re-issued a warrant for the arrest of Secretary to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry appointed to look into alleged political victimization of public servants for not complying with a Court order regarding a case filed against Samarappulige Niraj Roshan alias ‘Ali Roshan’ and seven others. The Trial-at-Bar Bench comprising Colombo High Court Judges Vikum Kaluarachchi (President), Dhammika Ganepola and Aditya Patabandige ordered the Acting IGP to appear in Court personally, if police failed to execute the arrest warrant on or before on next Thursday (12).

Two Police officers appearing for the acting IGP informed Court that they were unable to trace the whereabouts of the Secretary to the Presidential Commission since the CID was unable to find out Pearl Weerasinghe’s residential address or her contact number.

The Trial-at-Bar Bench expressed their dissatisfaction regarding the failure in the part of Police Department and observed that the explanation given by Police cannot be accepted.

High Court Judge Vikum Kaluarachchi observed that the country has been put in an unfortunate situation by the Acting IGP since he has blatantly ignored the court orders.

The Trial-at-Bar Bench observed that Pearl Weerasinghe, the Secretary of the Presidential Commission has undermined the judicial power of the High Court Trial-at-Bar by not complying with a court order that was issued directing her appear in court and produce CID investigation briefs relating to the investigations into the possession of elephants without valid permits.

The Trial-at-Bar Bench had also issued an order directing the Controller General of Immigration and Emigration to prevent Presidential Commission Secretary from leaving the country.

The Court had earlier issued summons directing Pearl Weerasinghe, a witness in the case to appear in court along with the investigation briefs pertaining to the CID investigation which are currently placed at the Presidential Commission. However, the secretary of the Presidential Commission was yesterday represented by a lawyer and failed to present the investigation briefs.

Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara with Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris appearing for the Attorney General informed court that the lethargic action of Acting IGP was amount to contempt of court.

Accordingly, the case filed against Samarappulige Niraj Roshan alias ‘Ali Roshan’ and seven others for allegedly keeping five elephants in their possession without valid permits was yesterday fixed for March 12 by Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar.

The Attorney General filed indictments against Samarappulige Niraj Roshan, Ali Roshan’s close relative Samarappuli Hewage Uchitha Nishan Dhammika, Wildlife Officers Upali Padmasiri and Priyanka Sanjeewani, Kadupitiyage Chandana Kumara, Sashika Chanuka Gamlath, Palihapitiya Gamage Jayalath and Ranasinghelage Damith Chathuranga under 33 counts, including conspiring to trafficking five elephants between June 5, 2012 and August 31, 2015.

The charges were filed under 28 counts for violating the provisions of Fauna and Flora Ordinance and Public Property Act including conspiracy to traffic elephants, trafficking of elephants, and unlawful possession of elephants and retention of stolen public property (elephants).

Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara appeared On behalf of the Attorney General. President’s Counsel Anuja Premaratne appeared for the accused.


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