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Nov 10, 2016

Punishment transfer for Pilapitiya over ‘Fowzie order’ Featured

Colombo chief magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya is to be transferred to Anuradhapura as the chief district court judge there from January 01 next year.

The Judicial Services Commission says this is in accordance with the annual transfer procedure.

However, reports reaching Sri Lanka Mirror say Pilapitiya’s transfer is to be made outside the accepted procedure.

As per the annual transfer procedure, he was transferred to Colombo high court from 31 December 2015, but it had been suspended by the JCS without a request by him.

Therefore, he was retained as the Colombo chief magistrate for one year.

If he is to be given a transfer in accordance with the annual transfer procedure, Pilapitiya should be transferred to Colombo district court, legal experts say.

Also, when he was asked to submit his choices for transfer, he has mentioned Colombo, Homagama, Nugegoda, Mt. Lavinia and Kaduwela, but the transfer is to Anuradhapura.

Ruling on Fowzie

There is suspicion in the legal circles that his uncalled for transfer is due to the summons order he has issued to ex-minister A.H.M. Fowzie and the other accused cited in a Bribery Commission complaint with regard to a misuse of a car belonging to the presidential Secretariat.

Also, his rulings in the cases pertaining to elephant licenses, Army intelligence officers and Avant Garde have been deemed controversial.

According to reports reaching SLM, Pilapitiya has already completed his 10 years of service in difficult areas, including Embilipitiya, Rakwana, Balangoda and Kuliyapitiya.

He has been a judge for 15 years now, and previously he served in the Attorney General’s Department for around five year.

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