Kumar Gunarathnam can stay - Apex Court

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 - 19:33

The Supreme Court issued a ruling today preventing the arrest or the deportation of Frontline socialist Party Central working committee member Kumar Gunaratnam until the 13th of this month.

A panel of three Supreme Court Judges led by Chief Justice K. Sri Pavan issued this injunction after considering a petition submitted saying that fundamental rights of Kumar Gunaratnam have been violated by the deporting order.

The Supreme Court issued this order after the State Counsel informed the Court that it is necessary to verify the facts with regard to this matter.

It was reported this morning that the Emigration and Immigration Department had informed the IGP to arrest Frontline Socialist Party central working committee member Kumar Gunaratnam as he is currently overstaying in the country.

Earlier, on two occasions, Gunaratnam visited the CID to give statements, but he did not report to the department for the third time when he was asked to do so by the Emigration and Immigration Department.

Meanwhile addressing a media briefing in Colombo, Police Media Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that the Emigration and Immigration Department has more power than police to arrest Gunaratnam.

Meanwhile 3 persons including the former deputy general manager of ITN news section Sudarman Radaliyagoda were remanded by Colombo Additional Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage until the 24th of this month.

Radaliyagoda was remanded when a case was taken before the Court in which Radaliyagoda maliciously produced a video clip using an underaged and telecast it on ITN news intending to mar the image of then presidential common candidate Maithreepala Sirisena.

Appearing for the respondent, Attorney-at-law Sanjaya Gamage told the Court that the former Chairman of ITN had assigned Radaliyagoda to produce this video clip.

The attorney also said this was a plot to dismiss his client Radaliyagoda.

Meanwhile CID questioned Colombo District MP R. Dumindha Silva to ascertain whether any violations have been occurred under the money laundering Act.

Addressing a media conference held in Colombo today, Police Media Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that the MP was questioned for about 6 hours.