Aeroflot flight case Order reserved for 15 July

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Commercial High Court Judge, Harsha Sethunga, yesterday (5), said an order on the preliminary objections raised by the Attorney General seeking to dismiss the case regarding the Russian Aeroflot aircraft will be issued on 15 July.

The Irish based Celestial Aviation Trading Company had filed the case seeking an order preventing the Aeroflot aircraft, which belongs to the said company, from leaving the Bandaranaike International Airport without settling payments.

The Commercial High Court on 2 June issued an enjoining order preventing the aircraft from leaving the airport. However, the enjoining order was suspended by the same Court and the aircraft left for Moscow.

The Attorney General and the Counsel appearing on behalf of the Aeroflot aircraft company raised preliminary objections that the case should be dismissed due to the patent lack of jurisdiction of the Commercial High Court to consider the plaint.

The plaintiff made submissions yesterday (5) that the objections filed by the Attorney General and the Counsel appearing on behalf of the Aeroflot aircraft should be submitted by way of an answer to the plaint.

Thereby the Court stated that the decision in regard to the Jurisdiction of the Court will be issued on 15 July while parties were instructed to file written submissions on 8 July.

BY Hansi Nanayakkara and Faadhila Thassim