TISL requests travel ban for six respondents including Mahinda Basil

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Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), along with 3 individuals filed a petition on 17 June, in the public interest calling for action against persons responsible for the current economic crisis in Sri Lanka.

The case was taken up for support for leave to proceed on 01 July, during which counsel appearing on behalf of two of the respondents requested Court to take up the petition along with another petition which was similar in nature.

Court thereafter directed the matter to the Chief Justice to consider this request. After consideration, the case was to be taken up for support on 27 July.

However, considering the current developments in the country TISL filed a motion yesterday (11), requesting Court to provide an urgent date to provide supporting arguments to obtain the interim relief requested in the original petition.

The petition requested Court to restrict the overseas travel of six respondents including Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa, Former Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal and Former Secretary to the Treasury S.R. Attygala, as interim measures during the pendency of the case.

The petition by TISL, Chandra Jayaratne, Jehan CanagaRetna and Julian Bolling claims that the respondents named in the petition are directly responsible for the unsustainability of Sri Lanka’s foreign debt, its hard default on foreign loan repayments and the current state of the economy of Sri Lanka.

The petition calls for the respondents to be held accountable for their illegal, arbitrary and unreasonable acts or omissions which culminated in the current economic crisis.

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