June 08, Colombo: The case filed by the Attorney General against MP Udaya Gammanpila was summoned before Colombo High Court Judge Shashi Mahendran today.
Deputy Solicitor General Dilan Ratnayake who appeared on behalf of the Attorney General informed the court that the Attorney General has requested to hear the case before Commercial High Court Judge, R. Gurusinghe, who was previously hearing the case.
The Deputy Solicitor General informed that the request has been forwarded to the Chief Justice and requested the court to postpone the trial until the Chief Justice's response was received.
Accordingly, High Court Judge Shashi Mahendran ordered the release of the witnesses and postponed the hearing until June 19th.
Attorneys appearing on behalf of the accused MP Udaya Gammanpila asked the court to allow their client to go travel to Australia to see his ten-year-old son who was injured in an accident and is undergoing treatment in a hospital.
The defense lawyers requested the court to relax the travel ban imposed on the MP from June 19 to July 19 and allow him to travel to Australia to see the child.
The High Court judge accepting the request relaxed the travel ban imposed on the parliamentarian.
Attorneys appearing on behalf of the defendant told the court that the witness Australian national Janet Shaddick addressing a media briefing following the last hearing has severely criticized the judiciary. The defense attorneys further said it is contempt of court and they have taken steps to direct the matter to the Chief Justice.
The High Court Judge however, stated that he cannot make a decision in this regard and instructed to submit the complaint to the relevant court.
MP Gammanpila is charged of using a forged power-of-attorney and defrauding an Australian businessman Brian Shaddick.