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Accident case against Patali fixed for trial

The case filed against former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka in connection with an alleged motor accident that took place in 2016 at Rajagiriya was fixed for trial on May 31 by the Colombo High Court. Former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, his driver Dilum Thusitha Kumara and former Welikada Police OIC Sudath Asmadala appeared in Court when the case was taken up before Colombo High Court Judge Damith Thotawatta and the Judge issued summons to 1st to 5th witnesses and the Secretary to the Finance Ministry, who has been named as the 20th witness in the case to appear before the Court on the next hearing. Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris appearing on behalf of the Attorney General sought from the Court to issue an order to the Secretary to the Ministry of Finance to produce the vehicle bearing No WP KT 7545 which was involved in the accident, which was under the Ministry of Power and Energy at the time of the accident in 2016 and which is now under the Ministry of Finance, to the Court as a case production item in the next hearing.


 

The case filed against former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka in connection with an alleged motor accident that took place in 2016 at Rajagiriya was yesterday fixed for trial on May 31 by the Colombo High Court.

Former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, his driver Dilum Thusitha Kumara and former Welikada Police OIC Sudath Asmadala appeared in Court when the case was taken up before Colombo High Court Judge Damith Thotawatta and the Judge issued summons to 1st to 5th witnesses and the Secretary to the Finance Ministry, who has been named as the 20th witness in the case to appear before the Court on the next hearing.

Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris appearing on behalf of the Attorney General sought from the Court to issue an order to the Secretary to the Ministry of Finance to produce the vehicle bearing No WP KT 7545 which was involved in the accident, which was under the Ministry of Power and Energy at the time of the accident in 2016 and which is now under the Ministry of Finance, to the Court as a case production item in the next hearing.

Accordingly, the judge issued an order to the Secretary to the Ministry of Finance to take steps to produce the vehicle in Court at the next hearing.

The ‘B’ Report of the Colombo Additional Magistrate’s Court related to this case was presented to the Court by the prosecution yesterday and the Deputy Solicitor General informed the Court that steps will be taken to provide copies to the defense as well.

The Colombo High Court judge ordered the prosecution to keep the ‘B’ Report submitted to the Court as it is in the custody of the prosecution and to present it before the Court if necessary.

Attorney-at-Law Rajika Kodithuwakku appearing for Former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka informed the Court that a preliminary objection will be filed on behalf of the accused Ranawaka in the future regarding the continuation of this case.

The Deputy Solicitor General stated that if the accused intends to file a preliminary objection before the Court, the prosecution should be informed beforehand.

Accordingly, the Colombo High Court Judge ordered the defence to give advance notice if there was a preliminary objection and fixed the trial on May 31.

On July 10, the Attorney General had filed two separate indictments before the High Court against former MP Patali Champika, his driver Thusith Dilum Kumara and ASP Sudath Asmadala over the hit-and-run accident at Rajagiriya in 2016.

Accordingly, the first indictment was filed against former MP Patali Champika on charges of causing grievous injury to a youth named Sandeep Sampath while driving a vehicle in a reckless manner.

The second indictment comprising 16 charges was filed against all three accused on charges of fabricating false evidence, conspiracy of fabricating evidence and submitting false reports to the Court.

The main charge relates to conspiring and fabricating false evidence to claim that it was Dilum Thusith Kumara who was driving the vehicle which caused the accident and another charge relates to him allegedly conspiring to conceal evidence in order to protect MP Patali Champika from legal penalty.

ASP Sudath Asmadala was charged with producing a false report to the Colombo Magistrate’s Court in order to protect former MP Patali Champika from legal penalty.

On previous occasions, indictments were served on all three accused who were released on a cash bail of Rs.10,000 and two sureties of Rs.500,000.

President’s Counsel Anuja Premaratne, President’s Counsel Anil Silva, Attorneys Shalika Gunawardena, Rajika Kodithuwakku and Dhanaraj Samarakoon appeared for the defence.