Court Of Appeal Rejected Intervention Petition Filed By Sri Lanka Bar Association & 4 Other Petitions
The Court of Appeal yesterday rejected the intervention petitions filed by Sri Lanka Bar Association to the contempt of court case against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen for alleged intimidation of the Mannar magistrate.
Also the Court Appeal rejected the intervention petitions filed by the Akkarapattu Bar Association, Kalmunai Bar Assiciation, Mannar Al Azhar Fisheries Organization and of another organization totaling including that Sri Lanka Bar Association, five intervening petitions, to the contempt of court case against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen for alleged intimidation of the Mannar magistrate.
The order was delivered by Justice S. Sriskantharajah, and the judgment was signed by Justice S. Sriskantharajah and Justice Mrs Deepani Wijesundara.
Justice Sriskandarajah in his order said that having considered the merits and demerits of the case they have considered rejecting the five applications for intervention.
Earlier the 7 lawyers filed the petition of contempt of court against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen for alleged intimidation of the Mannar magistrate and they were - President's Counsel Geoffrey Alagaratnam, Dr. Sunil F.A. Cooray, Lal Wijenayake, Chandrapala Kumarage, President of the Mannar Bar Association E.C. Feldano, President of the Galle Law Association Nalini Karmalika Manatunga and President's Counsel A.S.M Perera.
The petitioners have stated that the respondent had attempted to thwart the course of justice by attempting to intimidate the Magistrate and attempted to alter the order already made.
They also alleged that the respondent had called the Secretary of the Judicial Services Commission and requested that the Magistrate A. Judeson be transferred out of Mannar.
But Yesterday when the case was take up, after ordering the rejection of the 5 intervention petitions, Justice S. Sriskandarajah, President of the Court of Appeal said that he doesn't want to hear Minister Rishad Bathiudeen case CA 205 /2012, for personal reasons and said he would step down from the bench hearing the Contempt of Court case against the Minister.
Justice Sriskandarajah further said that he has now transferred the inquiry of the Minister's case to Justice Mrs. Rohini Marasinghe and Justice Deepani Wijesundara and the case will be called on the 22nd of February in order to fix a date for inquiry.
Romesh de Silva PC, appeared with JC Weliamuna Saliya Pieris, Sugath Caldera and Vijraj de Silva for the petitioner lawyers.
Senior Presidential Counsel Faiaz Mustappah, M.M.Zuhair PC, Gamini Marapona P.C., Palitha Kumarasinghe PC, Razik Zarook P.C., Anura Medagodda P.C., Gazali Hussain, Faizer Mustappah PC, Kushain De Alwis, Kuvera De Zoysa, Kalinga Inda Tissa, N.M. Saheed, Hejaaz Hisbullah and Miss Nismi Godellawatte appeared on behalf of respondent Minister Rishad Bathiudeen
- Asian Tribune -