An Attorney-at-Law on Friday (13) filed a private plaint, before Colombo Chief Magistrate Thilina Gamage, seeking an order to the CID to apprehend former PM Mahinda Rajapaksa and produce him in Court, on charges being the instigator of the violent mob attacks launched on two protest sites (GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama) on 9 May and for the resultant violent clashes that erupted in several parts of the country.
Counsel Senaka Perera, a resident of Hulftsdorp, Colombo 12, filed the private plaint as per Provisions contained in Section 136 (1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure Act No. 15 of 1979.
He has named the former PM, SLPP MPs Johnston Fernando, Sanjeewa Edirimanne, Sanath Nishantha, Moratuwa Mayor Saman Lal Fernando along with Western Province SDIG Deshabandu Tennakoon as respondents in his private plaint.
When the case was called before the Colombo Fort Chief Magistrate’s Court, the Magistrate ordered the case to be convened before the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court on 17 May.
The Counsel, via his private plaint, has stated that the aforesaid respondents had violated Provisions contained in Sections of 140, 144, 146, 149, 150, 154, 157, 314, 315, 316, 343, 483 and 486 of the Penal Code through their actions and as such they should be charged with arranging an illegal meeting, being members of that unlawful gathering, assaulting a State officer, creating chaos by inciting the public, creating mayhem, causing injuries intentionally with the use of arms, unlawful assembly and intimidation.
He has urged the Court to issue an order for the prompt arrest of each these persons and their production in Court as they are guilty of flouting Provisions contained in the aforesaid Sections of the Penal Code.
By Hansi Nanayakkara