Motion seeks travel ban on MR, Basil et al


The Motion filed by Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) and three others, before the Supreme Court, seeking interim relief restraining former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa and three others from travelling overseas, will be taken up for consideration tomorrow (14).

Previously, Fundamental Rights (FR) Petitions were filed by TISL, Chandra Jayaratne, Jehan Canaga Retna and Julian Bolling, in the public interest, seeking action against those responsible for the current economic crisis. Following consideration, the case was fixed for support on 27 July.

However, the Petitioners on Monday (11), following the incidents of 9 July and the assurance given by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa that he would resign, filed a Motion requesting the Court to provide an urgent date to support the Petition.

In pursuant to the Petition, the Motion sought a restraining order against former Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa, former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa, former Governors of the Central Bank, Ajith Nivard Cabraal and Prof. W.D. Lakshman and former Secretary of the Treasury S.R. Attygala from travelling abroad without the approval of the Court until investigations into the factors leading to the current economic crisis are investigated.

It was stated that unless an investigation is carried out, the citizens would not be in a position to ascertain the reasons for the economic crisis and take remedial actions so that it would not be repeated.

The Petitioners noted that they have been reliably informed that certain respondents may leave the country and thereby avoid giving information thereby preventing investigations and the determination of liability.

It was stated that 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.

They thereby called for the respondents to be held accountable for their illegal, arbitrary and unreasonable acts or omissions which culminated in the current economic crisis.

By Faadhila Thassim