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Shani’s bail request: Justice Wijesundera recuses

Two new CA judges to hear bail application:

Court of Appeal Judge Justice Menaka Wijesundera yesterday recused herself from hearing a revision application filed on behalf of former CID former Director Shani Abaysekara and Sub Inspector Sugath Mendis, citing personal reasons.

Accordingly, the Court of Appeal (President) Justice Arjuna Obeyesekere has nominated another bench comprising Justice Nissanka Bandula Karunaratne and Justice R.Gurusinghe to hear this application on March 1. Shani Abaysekara and Sugath Mendis remanded for allegedly fabricating evidence in the murder of businessman Mohammed Shiyam filed revision applications in the Court of Appeal seeking an order to release them on bail. When the revision application came up before Justice Menaka Wijesundera and Justice Neil Iddawala in the morning session, Justice Wijesurendra recused herself from hearing the application. Subsequently, the application was referred to the Court Appeal President. Senior Counsel Viran Corea appearing for the petitioners moved Court that this application be taken up at the earliest possible date taking into consideration urgent nature of the issue.

Filing revision applications through their lawyers, the petitioners requested the Court of Appeal to revise and set aside the Gampaha High Court’s order to refuse bail and sought an order to grant bail to the petitioners on any condition that court shall deem fit.