Wednesday, 24 June 2015 - 20:11
Supreme Court grants leave to proceed with petition against FCID
The Supreme Court granted leave to proceed with a fundamental rights case filed against the FCID by 4 persons including former minister Basil Rajapaksa.
The petitioners stated in their rights case that arresting them by police is illegal.
The State Counsel has stated before the panel of 3 member Supreme Court Judges led by Chief Justice K Sripavan that the 4 persons including former minister Rajapaksa were arrested under the existing law of the county.
He also stated that the FCID carries out its investigations under the available legal provisions; therefore, the fundamental rights of any person have not been violated.
However, after considering the petition, the panel of judges granted leave to proceed the fundamental rights case of the 4 persons including former minister Rajapaksa.
Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa and 3 other persons, who were arrested in connection with an alleged financial fraud of the Divi Neguma Department, were released on bail later.
Others suspects who were arrested and released on bail together with former minister Bail Rajapaksa are: former secretary of now defunct Economic Development ministry Dr. Nihal Jayatillaka, former Director R.K.K.A. Ranawaka and former additional director Bandula Tilakasiri of the Divi Neguma Department.