Revision Petition against HC order: Rajitha allowed to withdraw
By Kavindya Perera
The Court of Appeal, yesterday (30), allowed former Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, to withdraw his revision petition seeking an order rescinding Colombo High Court Judge Manjula Thillakaratna’s order revoking the bail order granted to him by Colombo Chief Magistrate Lanka Jayaratna, in connection with the controversial white van media conference, organised by him, in the run up to last year’s Presidential poll.
A two-Judge Bench of the Appellate Court, comprising Justices Achala Vengappuli and Priyantha Fernando, perused the application and gave the petitioner approval to withdraw his revision petition, after having considered a request made on behalf of Senaratna by President’s Counsel Anil Silva.
Silva informed the Court that his client no longer wishes to maintain the petition and urged the Court to grant permission to withdraw it.
When the case was taken up, Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris, appearing for the Attorney General, told the Court that the suspect former Minister has already been enlarged on bail by Court.
Taking the submissions into consideration, the Court allowed the petitioner to withdraw his revision petition and also declared it null and void.
The petitioner had stated that following a warrant issued on him, he had been nabbed by the CID last December concerning the aforesaid incident and that he had subsequently sought bail from the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court. He had stated that afterwards that Colombo Chief Magistrate Jayaratna had enlarged him on bail on 30 December 2019. He had then stated that High Court Judge Thillakaratna who had perused a revision application filed against the bail order by the AG had ordered to revoke the bail order issued to him by the Colombo Chief Magistrate. The petition had informed the Court of Appeal that the High Court Judge had erroneously interpreted the Bail Act and hence to issue an order to him to invalidate his order.