Nov 01, Colombo: The Colombo High Court has ordered to temporarily lift the overseas travel ban issued against UPFA MP Prasanna Ranatunga, who is charged with threatening a businessman and demanding Rs 64 million.
Colombo High Court Judge Manjula Thilakaratne temporarily lifted the travel ban when the case was taken up before the court today (01).
The lawyer appearing for MP Prasanna Ranatunga informed the court that his client would be required to travel to China during the period from the 5th to the 11th of this month to attend a conference.
His lawyer appealed to the court to issue an order to remove the travel ban issued by the court during the relevant period.
High Court Judge Manjula Tillekeratne accepted the request and the accused was allowed to go abroad for the period. The next hearing was scheduled to be held on the 17th of January.
Prasanna Ranatunga, his wife and another person have been accused of forcibly obtaining Rs. 64 million from a businessman to grant approval for the purpose of reclaiming a land in Meethotamulla. Ranatunga has been accused of demanding a bribe to fulfill a duty when he was the Chief Minister of Western Province.
The third defendant in the case, Naresh Fareek, is currently overseas and absconding, and the court has decided to hold the trial in absentia.