Mar 27, Colombo: The case filed against former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and eight others by the bribery Commission over the floating armory of the Avant Garde Maritime Services will be heard on 9th July.
Additional Magistrate of Colombo Shanika Wijebandara yesterday postponed the case to July 9 when it was taken before the court.
The hearing of the case was scheduled for March 26 before Colombo chief magistrate Lal Ranasinghe Bandara. However, the Additional Magistrate decided to postpone the case since the Chief Magistrate was on leave.
The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption on September 01, 2016 filed 19 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 and a former Additional Secretary at the Ministry of Defense Damayanthi Jayaratna.
The defendants are accused of causing a financial loss to the tune of 11.4 billion rupees to the Government by granting approval to the Avant Garde Maritime Services to operate a floating armory in Galle Harbor during the period from 07 August 2012 to 8 January 2015.
Earlier the Colombo High Court rejected a revision petition filed by the former Defense Secretary to release him and seven other dependents from the charges filed by the bribery Commission.
The accused Damayanthi Jayaratne is presently absconding the court and the Bribery Commission has been given permission to proceed the case without her presence.