It is reported that Attorney Asith Siriwardena is endeavoring to save retired Major and Attorney-at-Law Ajith Prasanna from the Supreme Court’s investigation with regard to appearing in the court for a case without a request of the defendants.
(Asith Siriwardena is the lawyer who represented former Navy Spokesperson Commodore D.K.P. Dissanayake, who is an accused of the case of abducting and disappearing 11 youths during 2008-2009.)
Attorney-at-Law and retired Major Ajith Prasanna had represented the defendants in the court twice with no request of the defendants. Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne has ordered to conduct a Supreme Court investigation against Ajith Prasanna with regard to making false statements and misleading the court. He is now at risk of being disbarred. It has been further reported that Attorney Asith Siriwardena is intervening to save him.
The incident is as follows.
Attorney-at-Law Ajith Prasanna had expressed his opinions before the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court during the hearing against former Chief of Defense Staff Major General Amal Karunasekara in connection with the abduction and assault of senior journalist Keith Noyahr.
Since Ajith Prasanna attempted to mislead the court by expressing his views during Amal Karunasekara’s hearing, an officer of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) involved in Keith Noyahr’s case had expressed his opinions before the court. Consequently, the Fort Magistrate had strongly reprimanded Ajith Prasanna.
Even after being reprimanded by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court, he repeated the above mistake during a hearing at the Fort Magistrate’ s Court in connection with the the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths.
He had appeared before the court for former Navy Lieutenant Commander Chandana Prasad Hettiarachchi alias Navy Sampath, who is a major suspect of the aforementioned case, without his permission or knowledge. Chandana Hettiarachchi’s President's Counsel Anuja Premaratne's junior lawyer, had informed the court that Ajith Prasanna is appearing before the court without the permission of the defendant. The Magistrate had noted it down; furthermore, the CID had also informed the court that Ajith Prasanna appeared before the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court during Keith Noyahr’s case.
At the CID’s request, Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne had ordered to conduct a Supreme Court investigation into Ajith Prasanna’s unruly behavior. While Ajith Prasanna is attempting to mislead the court repeatedly, using his love for the war heroes, he is risking his career too. Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake’s lawyer Asith Siriwardena is now trying to save Ajith Prasanna.
He is now attempting to press the wife of Chandana Hettiarachchi alias Navy Sampath and it reveals that he is doing his job properly. Even Chandana Hettiarachchi had stated that Ajith Prasanna represented him without his permission.
The wife of Navy Sampath is being forced by Attorney Asith Siriwardena to give a statement saying that Ajith Prasanna appeared before the court for her husband at her request. Navy Sampath’s wife is puzzled about being forced in connection with an incident she is not involved in.
Ajith Prasanna intervened the case of abduction and disappearance of 11 youths, and he attempted to cover up that crime telling media that this case is an attempt to hunt down war heroes. Even though he is trying to change the society’s opinion about these crimes by saying that war heroes are being sent to prison, his nakedness has been revealed.