Russia-SL relations could be impacted — AG

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Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam yesterday (29) told Colombo Commercial High Court Judge Harsha Sethunga, that if the Judiciary continues to issue orders pertaining to the case involving an Aeroflot aircraft, it could have a detrimental impact on bilateral agreements signed between Colombo and Moscow.

He said as the ongoing lawsuit is also detrimental to the policies of the Government of Sri Lanka, the Court should promptly issue an order for its invalidation.

These submissions were made by Additional Solicitor General Sumathi Dharmawardene.

He told Judge Sethunga, that the defendant Irish firm in the lawsuit had concealed the truth from this Court, while misusing its authority, and then had obtained an injunction preventing the Russian aircraft from leaving BIA.

ASG Dharmawardene argued that as the Court has already ordered to dissolve the injunction, it has no legal power to further maintain the lawsuit and hence it should be deemed null and void.

The Counsel appearing on behalf of the defendant Irish firm informed the Court that though the Court has ordered to dissolve its injunction and the airliner has headed back to Moscow, a situation has now been created where it is impossible for any Russian airline to undertake flights to Colombo.

Taking the submissions into consideration, Judge Harsha Sethunga announced that as the lawsuit has acquired special significance in relation to the parties involved, he will order for its reconvening on 5 July, ahead of the verdict.

By Hansi Nanayakkara