Colombo High Court Judge Namal Balalle, yesterday (18) fixed further hearing of the hit-and-run case against independent MP Patali Champika Ranawaka, to 31 August.
Ranawaka has been indicted by the AG with having caused a grievous injury to youth Sandeep Sampath, during a hit-and-run case which occurred in Rajagiriya six years ago.
When the case was taken up, Judge Ballale ordered the defence to submit its initial objections on the said date.
The defence had previously informed Court, that they intend to raise initial objections, pertaining to the trial.
When the Court convened, President’s Counsel Sarath Jayamanne stated that the defence will be seeking to raise initial objections and he urged the Judge to give them a fresh date to do so.
Furthermore, Judge Ballale stated that the presence of the first accused in the case MP Patali Champika Ranawaka in Court at future hearings will not be mandatory, due to the volatile political situation here, till it abates conclusively.
The Attorney General has indicted the MP concerned, on four counts before the HC and on charges of failing to report a traffic accident to Police, reckless driving, fleeing after causing a traffic accident and for violating Provisions contained in Sections 149, 216, 224, 161 (4) and 214 of the Motor Traffic Ordinance and for flouting Provisions contained in Section 329 of the Penal Code via his actions.
The other two accused in the trial, are Dilum Thusitha Kumara, who had posed off as Ranawaka’s driver, during the hit-and-run incident and former OIC of the Welikada Police Station, ASP SudathAsmadala.
By Hansi Nanayakkara