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Thursday, 13 August 2015 - 19:51
The judiciary cannot take political sides
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Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya stated today that the notices issued on the Central Bank Governor and his son-in-law could be retrieved if the complainants agree to withdraw their petitions against former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal.

The Magistrate further stated that he is not ready to allow anybody to bring in politics into the judiciary.

Attorney-at-law Kelum Kumarasinghe filed this petition with Colombo additional Magistrate court yesterday, citing an injustice has been caused to the general public by the Greek bond transaction and investing EPF funds in the Colombo Stock Market.

In his petition, Kumarasinghe has named former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal as respondents.

The hearing of the petition was transferred to the Chief Magistrate Court after the petitioner’s lawyers stated that a fair judgment could not be expected if it is heard before the Additional Magistrate.

Our correspondent stated that heated arguments were exchanged between the lawyers of the two factions when the case was taken before the Colombo chief Magistrate.

The Chief magistrate later stated that the cases are based on political factors; therefore, he did not want to drag politics into court.

He further said that hearing of the petitions could be continued after the election, if the respective parties wish to do so.

The Magistrate also ordered to call all the 3 petitions tomorrow as well.
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