Dec 06, 2017

Gota’s petition hearing is today Featured

The court of appeal will today (06) take up a petition that seeks the annulment of a FCID submission to the magistrate’s court that ex-defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has committed an offence punishable under the public property act by misusing Rs. 90 million of public money to build a D.A. Rajapaksa memorial and museum.

At the previous hearing, the CA issued an injunction to the CID against taking legal action against Gotabhaya.

The panel comprising CA chairman L.T.B. Dehideniya and Shiran Gunaratne will today decide if that order will be extended.

On the day Gotabhaya filed the petition, his supporters put up posters near the Hulftsdorp courts complex, while a group close to the government carried out a big poster campaign in Colombo city and suburbs to counter it.

What the petition says

The petitioner claims the D.A. Rajapaksa memorial hall was built at Medamulana in Weeraketiya in accordance with a civil and commercial contract agreement with the Land Reclamation and Development Corporation, and that it does not come under the public property act.

As per the state evaluation, it cost Rs. 33 million for construction and that money had been paid back in full now.

After the present government took office in 2015, its minister Patali Champika Ranawaka sent him a letter of demand, informing that court action will be taken to recover the expenses that were higher than the estimated figure, according to the petitioner.

Top govt. figures instigated it

In the meantime, the FCID filed a case in the magistrate’s court on an accusation of misuse of public money, it says, adding that that has been done at the instigation of top government figures who intend to take revenge from him, arrest him and sent him to remand custody without bail.

President’s counsels Ali Sabri and Romesh de Silva appear for the ex-defence secretary, while deputy solicitor general Dilrukshi Wickremesinghe appears for the respondents - the IGP, CID director Shani Abeysekara and FCID officials.

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