Defence to file objections on 18 July

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Colombo High Court Judge Namal Balalle on Monday (27) deferred further hearing of the hit-and-run case against independent MP Patali Champika Ranawaka, to 18 July.

Ranawaka has been accused of causing a grievous injury to youth Sandeep Sampath, through the hit-and-run incident, which took place in Rajagiriya on 28 February, six years ago.

Deputy Solicitor General Madhawa Tennakoon prosecuted on behalf of the AG’s Department. He told Judge Balalle that copies of statements given by 10 witnesses, at various Police Stations have already been submitted by the prosecution to the defence.

He added that if there are any further documents that are needed to be submitted, they will hand them over to the defence accordingly.

The defence had previously claimed in Court that they intend to raise initial objections pertaining to the case.

Hence, the Court ordered the defence, to raise its initial objections when it next convenes on the said date.

The Attorney General has indicted Ranawaka on four counts before the High Court and on charges of causing a grievous injury to a youth, fleeing after causing a traffic accident, failing to report the accident to Police, reckless driving 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.

The AG has also indicted Dilum Thusitha Kumara of posing off as Ranawaka’s driver, during the hit-and-run incident and former OIC of the Welikada Police Station, ASP Sudath Asmadala.

By Hansi Nanayakkara