Further hearing fixed for 27 June

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Colombo High Court Judge Namal Balalle, on Friday (17), fixed further hearing of the hit-and-run case, against independent MP Patali Ranawaka, for 27 June.

The Judge ordered the defence, to submit its initial objections to the trial on the same date.  President’s Counsel Sarath Jayamanne appeared on behalf of the accused former Minister and he conveyed to Judge Balalle, that before reading out the indictments filed against his client, they would be looking to raise initial objections related to the case. He added that in order for his client to face an unbiased and impartial trial, the defence was anticipating receiving a few more documents from the prosecution.

Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) Madawa Tennakoon prosecuted on behalf of the Attorney General’s Department. He informed the Judge, that several documents sought by the defence, had already been handed over to them by the prosecution.

He added that even the prosecution, had not been able to locate a few documents pertaining to the case thus far. The DSG further remarked that if the defence has still not received certain documents, the prosecution will do its utmost to submit them to the defence.

Taking the submissions into consideration, the Court deferred further hearing of the trial to the said date. The AG has indicted MP Ranawaka, on four counts before the High Court and on charges of causing a grievous injury to a youth (Sandeep Sampath), reckless driving, failing to report an accident to Police, fleeing after causing a traffic accident and for having flouted Provisions contained in Sections 149, 216, 224, 161 (4) and 214 of the Motor Traffic Ordinance and for violating Provisions contained in Section 329 of the Penal Code, via his actions which resulted in the accident, on 28 February six years ago at Rajagiriya.

The AG has also indicted Dilum Thusitha Kumara, who had posed off as Ranawaka’s driver during the hit-and-run incident, as well as former OIC of the Welikada Police Station ASP Sudath Asmadala, in connection with the the same case.

By Hansi Nanayakkara