Colombo High Court (HC) Judge Manilal Waidyathilaka a short while ago (June 13th) temporarily suspended Gangodawila-Nugegoda Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne’s order to release Former Additional Magistrate Thilina Gamage on bail.
Considering the bail revision application filed by the Attorney General, the high court suspended the decision by the Gangodawila Magistrate till June 21.
The Court also called for the case report of the inquiry into allegedly keeping an elephant in contravention of the Public Property Act (PPA) and Fauna and Flora Act.
The fourth suspect, former Additional Magistrate Thilina Gamage, was also noticed to appear in court on June 21.
AG files a petition with the High Court requesting to remand Thilina Gamage
Attorney General requested today that High Court remand former Colombo Additional Magistrate Thilina Gamage
The Attorney General filed a revised application requesting the High Court to overrule a previous Magistrate court order which granted bail for the former Colombo Additional Magistrate.
Nugegoda Magistrate Kanishka Wijerathna released Thilina Gamage on bail when he surrendered to Court on June 02nd, for the illegal rearing of an elephant calf.
The Attorney General’s petition states that the judicial process for granting bail has been abused in releasing Gamage.
The Attorney General therefore informed the CID on May 12 to name Gamage and produce him before the Court.
Accordingly, the CID informed gamage on several occasions that he was required to give a statement, but the suspect ignored the request from police.
The CID submitted a report on June 01st naming Thilina Gamage as a suspect. Having considered the police report, Nugegoda Magistrate Kanishka Wijerathna issued arrest warrant.
Meanwhile Gamage surrendered to Court on June 2nd and, was released immediately on 500 thousand rupee cash bail and four surety bails of 2.5 million rupees.
At the same time, the former additional magistrate was present at the CID and gave a statement on June 7th.