Possession of unlicenced elephant calf: Further hearing fixed for 9 July
By Hansi Nanayakkara
Colombo High Court Judge Gihan Kulathunga on 3 July fixed further hearing of the case filed against interdicted Colombo Additional Magistrate Thilina Gamage and three others, on charges of the possession of an unlicensed elephant calf, to 9 July.
As per an order issued by the Court previously, the Officer-In-Charge of the Special Investigation Unit of the CID submitted a medical report to Judge Kulathunga on 3 July, to state that the first accused in the case, the elephant calf’s first owner Chndraratna Bandara Yatawara was presently indisposed and hospitalised. The first accused in the trial, for a second time running failed to appear in Court, claiming that he is indisposed and on his behalf his bail guarantor was present in Court. The rest of the three accused were present in Court and further hearing of the trial was postponed to the said date.
The Attorney General named Yatawara, Gamage, former Assistant Director of the Wildlife Conservation Department Upali Padmasiri and a former Clerk of the same Department Priyanka Sanjeewani as the four accused in the case. The AG has indicted the aforesaid four accused on 25 counts at the CHC and on charges of aiding and abetting in the illegal possession and racketeering of an unlicenced elephant calf from 6 November 2008 up to 18 May 2015.