June 11, Colombo: The Attorney General stated in the Court of Appeal today that bond scam suspects Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena have no legal right to file a revision petition with the Court of Appeal seeking bail.
The revision petition filed by the former director of Perpetual Treasuries Limited Arjun Aloysius and former CEO Kasun Palisena with the Court of Appeals seeking bail was reconsidered today (June 11) by the two judge bench of Chairman Preethi Padman Surasena and Justice Shiran Gunaratne.
Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda appearing on behalf of the Attorney General stated in the Court today that there should be special reasons for submitting a revision petition with the Court of Appeal requesting bail for a suspect.
However, the Additional Solicitor General pointed out that since the petition does not disclose any special fact, the court does not need to hear the revisions made by the suspects in the case.
Additional Solicitor General Kodagoda who pointed out that according to the law a revision petition can be filed only in few exceptional cases and no such special situation has been identified in the petition regarding the remand of the two suspects.
The petitioners in their appeal to the Appellate Court stated that the Colombo Fort Magistrate has refused bail for them stating that the court has no power to grant bail since the suspects have been charged under the Public Property Act.
The petitioners state that however, the CID report submitted to the courts against them has not revealed any offense under the Public Property Act and therefore, the decision taken by the Colombo Fort Magistrate to refuse to grant bail was illegal.
The petitioners state although a revision petition was filed in the Colombo High Court against the lower court ruling the Colombo High Court also rejected the petition without further consideration.
Therefore, the petitioners in the revision application have requested the Court of Appeal to set aside the ruling by the Colombo High Court and Fort Magistrate's Court and grant bail.
Further hearing of the petition was postponed to July 04th.