Feb 05, 2019

Gamini Senarath withdraws petition challenging HC verdict

President’s Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath today, withdrew the appeal challenging two verdicts of the Permanent High Court of Trial-at-Bar.

The petition was taken up before the five-judge bench consisting of Supreme Court Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Sisira de Abrew, Piyantha Jayawardena, L.T.B. Dehideniya and Murdu Fernando this morning.

Speaking on behalf of the petitioners, President’s Counsels Ali Sabry and Gamini Marapana requested the Supreme Court to grant permission to withdraw the petition, retaining the right to file an appeal if required. Accordingly, the five judge bench accepted the request and allowed the petitioner to withdraw the petition.

The Attorney General had filed the case against in the Special High Court against the President’s Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath and three others under the Public Property Act for allegedly misappropriating Rs 500 million funds belonging to Litro Gas Lanka.

The defendants had presented preliminary objections stating that it was beyond the jurisdiction of the Special High Court to hear the case and several other points.

Subsequently, rejecting the objections of the defence, Gamini Senarath and defendants had filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against two verdicts issued by the Special High Court.