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Hearing of Patali Ranawaka’s petition dragged in till March 29

The petition filed by MP Patali Champika Ranawaka today seeking an injunction over the hearing of the case filed against him in connection with a road accident that happened in Rajagiriya in 2016 has been called today before the Appeal Court Bench comprising Justices Menaka Wijesundara and S. Kumaranratnam.

The Bench decided to adjourn the hearing of petition stating that whether a notice should be issued in this regard will be announced on March 29.

Senior Deputy Solicitor General Dileep Peiris appearing for the Attorney General’s Department told the Court that investigations into the incident had revealed a number of evidence of how the petitioner had attempted to mislead the investigation.

Stating that the petitioner was acting with intent to adjourn the case filed in the High Court in connection with the incident, the Senior Deputy Solicitor General added that he was opposed to the issuance of an injunction. He thereafter presented the written submissions on the petition to the Court.

Lawyer appearing for the petitioner told the Appeal Court that the High Court Judge had denied the preliminary objections that the case could not be continued and proceeded to hear the case, pointing out that the High Court Judge’s action was against the law, thereby seeking the Appeal Court to issue an order suspending the hearing at the High Court.

Upon considering the submissions of both parties, the Appeal Court Bench adjourned the hearing till March 29, stating that it would decide whether a notice should be issued to hear the petition on the designated date.

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