Nov 29, Colombo: The Court of Appeal today issued an interim injunction until December 06 preventing police from taking legal actions against former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa under Public Property Act.
An Appeal Court bench comprising Judges LTB Dehideniya and Shirani Gunaratne issued the stay order when they considered a writ petition filed by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
When the bench prepared to render the verdict, the Additional Solicitor General, Dilrukshi Dias Wickremesinghe representing the state informed the court that she learned about the petition only yesterday evening through media and asked the court to hear her arguments on the case before issuing the verdict.
However, the bench dismissing the Additional Solicitor General's request issued the interim injunction and ordered case to be heard on 6th December.
The Additional Solicitor General said that they would file an appeal demanding the removal of the interim order.
The petitioner, former defense secretary 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.