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Friday, 03 August 2018 - 12:26
Court of Appeal rejects Minister Bathiutheen’s affidavit
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The Court of Appeal has rejected an affidavit submitted by Minister Risath Bathiutheen asking to dismiss the case against him over Wilpattu deforestation.

Accordingly, Court of Appeal President Justice Preethi Padman Surasena and Justice Arjuna Obeysekere ordered that the case be taken up for trial on 12th of November this year.

A contempt of court case was filed before the Court of Appeal recently by attorney-at-law, Nagananda Kodituwakku alleging that the Minister had misled the judiciary with regard to the controversial deforestation in Wilpattu.

The Minister also accused of promoting the illegal settlement in the Wilattikulam forest reserve of Wilpattu National Park.

In the case, the Minister had submitted an affidavit citing that the Muslim community had been living in that area before they were chased away by the LTTE in 1990.

However, there was no such settlement according to the Surveyor General’s report.

Attorney-at-law, Kodituwakku has argued in his petition, therefore, that the Minister Bathiutheen has misled the court.

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