Feb 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has filed a revision petition in the Appellate Court today requesting the court to release him and seven other dependents from the charges filed by the bribery Commission over the floating armory of the Avant Garde Maritime Services.
The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption on September 01, 2016 filed charges at the Colombo Magistrate's Court against Chairman of controversial Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd Nissanka Senadhipathi and seven others including the former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and three former navy commanders Somathilaka Dissanayake, Jayanath Colombage and Jayantha Perera.
The defendants are accused of causing a financial loss to the tune of 11.4 billion rupees to the Government by paving the way for the operation of a floating armory by the Avant Garde Maritime Services.
The case against the former Defense Secretary and others will be taken up at the Colombo High Court on the 26th of this month.
The Petitioner said although he submitted a revision petition to the Colombo High Court to suspend the hearing, the High Court Judge ruled that it should be rejected without being examined.
Stating that the decision taken by the Colombo High Court judge is wrong, the petitioner requested the Appellate Court to revise the lower court ruling and release him and other seven suspects from the charges.
In addition, he has appealed to the Court of Appeal to suspend the hearing of the Avant-Garde case held at the Colombo Magistrate's Court until his petition is heard and a final verdict is given.