Oct 16, Colombo: The three-member Special High Court-at-Bar has issued summons on seven defendants including Niraj Roshan alias 'Ali Roshan' to appear before the court on October 26.
The defendants are charged with illegal possession of four elephants without valid licenses and racketeering.
The three-member Special High Court order issued the order after considering the indictments filed by the Attorney General.
Among the other suspects are a former Deputy Director of the Wildlife Department Upali Padmasiri and the officer in charge of registering elephants at the Wildlife Department Priyangika Sanjeewani.
The Attorney General has filed a case against the seven defendants on 27 charges under the Public Properties Act, with regard to the possession of four elephants without licenses and racketeering.