Nov 20, Colombo: The Court of Appeal today (Nov. 20) ruled that an indictment filed by the Attorney General against Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon in connection with a murder case in 1999 was illegal and issued a writ order nullifying it.
The order was issued by a two Judge-bench comprising Court of Appeal Chairman AHMD Nawaz and justice Sobhitha Rajakaruna today considering a writ petition filed by Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon seeking the dismissal of the indictment.
Petitioner Tennakoon had stated in his writ petition that the government of good governance which came to power in 2015 had filed an indictment against him in the Kandy High Court in connection with a murder case that took place in the Mahawela area in 1999.
Mr. Tennakoon had filed the petition seeking a writ order to invalidate the indictment as the manner in which the Attorney General had filed it was illegal.
Announcing the verdict, Justice Nawaz, the Presiding Judge of the Court of Appeal, stated that the case filed by the Kandy Magistrate's Court against the petitioner was not lawful.
The presiding judge pointed out that the case was concluded in one day without the participation of the accused and said that it was against the law.
The Presiding Judge pointed out that it was not possible to continue the relevant indictment and issued a writ order nullifying it accordingly.