May 25, Colombo: The Court of Appeal today fixed the hearing of a revision petition filed by the former Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa 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.
When the revision petition was taken up for hearing today, the two-judge bench of Appeal Court Chairman Preethi Padman Surasena and Justice Arjuna Obeysekera decided to direct the petition to another bench for consideration. Accordingly, the petition will be considered on 31 May.
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.
Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, in his petition to the Colombo Magistrate Court, stated that the Director General of Bribery Commission had not obtained a written approval from the Commission before taking legal action against him and the other suspects.
Therefore he has raised preliminary objections at the Colombo Magistrate Court against the Commission's charges but the court has rejected his objections and the magistrate's decision to reject his preliminary objections was illegal.
The petitioner stated that a revision petition was filed in the Colombo High Court stating that Colombo Magistrate Court decision was illegal but the High Court rejected the petition without further examination.
In addition, the petitioner requests the Court of Appeal to issue an interim order suspending the hearing of the Avant Garde case at the Colombo Magistrate's Court until the conclusion of the revision petition.