The primary objections raised by the attorney representing Minister Rishard Bathiyutheen in connection to an incident where the minister had allegedly threatened the Mannar magistrate was dismissed by the Appeals Court today.
When the case was taken up today the attorney representing Minister Bathiyutheen had noted that court did not possess any evidence to issue notice to his client.
Hence the lawyer appearing on behalf of Minister Bathiyutheen noted that the petitioners were unable to manipulate the charges any further.
Subsequently court had inquired of Minister Bathiyutheens attorney if the minister was guilty or not guilty of the charges being levelled against him.
Subsequent to having claimed that his client was not guilty, the appeals court decided to postpone the case for its next hearing on the 13th of February next year.
Meanwhile the enjoining order issued by the Mount Lavinia District Court against the extension of the leadership tenure of UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe was extended until the 19th of next month when the case was taken up today.
The Mount Lavinia District judge had subsequently notified the respondents to file their objections in this regard on the 19th of this month.