Dec 15, Colombo: The Court of Appeal today extended the interim injunction issued earlier preventing police from taking legal actions against former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa under Public Property Act until 25 January 2018.
Former defense secretary is charged of committing an offense under the Public Property Act in constructing the DA Rajapaksa Museum and Memorial in Medamulana using public funds amounting to Rs.90 million.
An Appeal Court bench comprising Judges LTB Dehideniya and Shiran Gunaratne issued the stay order when they considered a writ petition filed by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
The Appeal Court decided to extend the interim injection despite the objections of the Attorney General.
The petitioner says the Financial Crime Investigations Division (FCID) has filed a case charging that he has committed an offense under the Public Property Act in constructing the Museum and Memorial in Medamulana using public funds amounting to Rs.90 million.
The petitioner said the certificate issued by the FCID under section 8(1) of the offences against the Public Property violates the law and requested the court to issue a writ voiding it.
Inspector General of Police Pujitha Jayasundara and CID Director Shani Abeysekara and three others have been named as respondents in the petition.