Jan 13, Colombo: The revision petition filed by the Attorney General against granting bail to former minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne will be heard on January 17.
The Colombo High Court has ordered to hear the petition filed by the Attorney General seeking a revision and annulment of the order issued by the Chief Magistrate of Colombo releasing former Minister Rajitha Senaratne on bail on the 17th of this month.
Parliamentarian Senaratne was arrested and remanded last month over the controversial ’white van’ media conference on November 10 ahead of the presidential elections. The Colombo Magistrate’s Court granted bail to Parliamentarian Senaratne on Dec 30.
Colombo High Court Judge Manjula Tillakaratne has ordered the issuance of notice to former Minister Rajitha Senaratne, who has been named as a respondent of the petition, to appear in Court on that date.
In his revision petition, the Attorney General states that the submissions made by the prosecution were not taken into consideration when the lower court granted bail to the former minister.
The revision petition states that after the court issued a warrant for his arrest on December 24, Senaratne went into hiding and two days later admitted to a private hospital in Colombo, where he was placed under arrest. The petition notes that the Chief Magistrate’s decision to grant bail to a suspect who absconded the court is contrary to the provisions of the Bail Act.
The petition filed by the Attorney General alleges that the Chief Magistrate, prior to granting bail to the suspect did not call for any medical report from the hospital where he was staying and did not investigate and dismissed the request made by the prosecution to call for a report from the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer on the condition of the suspect.
Accordingly, the Attorney General pointing out that the decision of the Colombo Chief Magistrate to grant bail to former Minister Rajitha Senaratne, who was arrested after hiding in a hospital and evading the court, is against the law, has requested the Colombo High Court to summon the case file and conduct a full investigation.
The Attorney General has further requested to null and void the bail order issued by the Chief Magistrate of Colombo for former Minister Rajitha Senaratne on the 30th December.