Patali’s revision application dismissed


By Kamal Weeraratne

The Court of Appeal yesterday (29), dismissed the revision application, filed by SJB MP Patali Champika Ranawaka, seeking an order suspending the hearing of the Colombo High Court case in relation to the hit-and-run incident in Rajagiriya,without even taking it up for consideration.

The former Minister had filed the revision application seeking a Court order, suspending the hearing of evidence in the case filed before the Colombo High Court, accusing him of concealing evidence, fabricating evidence, fleeing after causing a traffic accident, failing to report it to Police, in relation to the 2016 road accident in Rajagiriya, which resulted in serious injuries to youth Sandeep Sampath. 

The revision petition was taken up for consideration yesterday, before a Bench comprising Justices Menaka Wijesundara and Neil Iddawela.

The SJB MP, in his revision application to the Court of Appeal, stated that a petition filed previously seeking an order for its dismissal had been rejected following which the said revision application was filed.

Making submissions to the Court of Appeal Bench on behalf of the AG, DSG Dileepa Peiris stated that it was a serious act on the part of the petitioner, having filed a revision application with the Court of Appeal.

He said the former Minister’s actions with regard to an ongoing trial before the HC had clearly highlighted his brazen misuse of political power, when functioning as a former Cabinet Minister.

DSG Peiris charged that the petitioner’s brazen and wanton action of misuse of his office had clearly been shown during the ongoing trial before the HC.

He stated that under such circumstances, the petitioner moving the Court of Appeal, to issue an order for the halting of the said trial before HC, is most unfortunate and hideous. 

Hence the DSG prayed the Court to issue an order for the dismissal of the petitioner’s request at the earliest.

Having heard submissions from both parties on 21 February, concerning the revision application filed by the SJB MP, the Court of Appeal stated that its decision on it would be delivered yesterday (29).

Delivering the verdict, the Court, stated that it would refuse to issue notices to the respondents of the revision application, while ordering for its rejection.