Who cannot arrest Gotabaya Rajapakse; The Supreme Court clarifies
The Supreme Court verified today that under its restriction order, only the IGP, the directors of CID and FCID cannot arrest former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
The Supreme Court announced this after issuing verification with regard to a petition filed by the Attorney General.
The Supreme Court also stated in its verification order that the restriction order is valid only for the 4 matters mentioned by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in his fundamental rights petition.
Therefore, the Supreme Court stated that except for the IGP, the CID and the FCID, other law enforcing institutions have not been barred under the restriction order of the Supreme Court.
Earlier, former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa filed a fundamental rights petition requesting the Supreme Court to issue a restriction order preventing authorities from arresting him.
The petition requested the Supreme Court to prevent the authorities to arrest him for procurement of aircraft to Mihin Lanka, procurement MIG fighter jets for the Air Force, Avent Garde Floating Armory and purchasing of shares of Lanka Hospital Limited.
45 persons including the Prime Minister and the minister of the Cabinet have been named as respondents in Gotabhaya Rajapaksa’s FR Petition.
A panel of two Supreme Court judges including Justice Eva Wanasundera and Justice Sarath de Aabrew who considered this petition issued a restriction order preventing authorities from arresting former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
In his motion to the Supreme Court, the Attorney General sought verification on five major points.
One of the major points is that, as Court generally takes at least 3 years to complete its hearings, whether law enforcing authorities cannot arrest Gotabhaya Rajapaksa for three years.
The Attorney General also sought verification from the Supreme Court whether authorities cannot arrest Gotabhaya Rajapaksa if he commits a crime such as man slaughter.
Before issuing its verification today, Supreme Court Judge Eva Wanasundera said that for the first time in her 34 year legal career, she regretted seeking such verification from the Supreme Court.
She also said that being a Supreme Court Judge, and as it is her profession, she would take no Case Action as specific.