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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2038

Pillaiyan bail petition to be heard after the trial of killing Joseph Pararajasingham MP over

Colombo, 28 October, (Asiantribune.com):

The Attorney General yesterday told the Supreme Court that Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan, the former Chief Minister of the Eastern Province, had been indicted in the High Court of Batticaloa, for the murder of Joseph Pararajasinghem, TNA Member of Parliament for Batticaloa District.

The murder was committed on or about Dec. 5, 2005. There are seven accused in the indictment. Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan is the seventh. The trial has been fixed for Nov. 6, 7 and 17.

The former Chief Minister had filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a declaration directing the respondents not to object to the petitioner being enlarged on bail.

At a previous occasion, the Supreme Court had granted leave to proceed with a Fundamental Rights petition filed by former Eastern Province Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan who is presently held in remand custody.

The three-judge-Bench comprising Justice Sisira de Abrew, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena and Justice Vijith Malalgoda and the he Supreme Court said the fundamental rights petition might be called again on March 20, 2018 after the High Court deals with the trial.

In the meantime, the petitioner stated of his arrest on October 11, 2015, had been in remand custody for 746 days and had been produced before Magistrate on 31 occasions.

The petitioner has complained of arbitrary treatment and illegal detention by the CID and the police.

Through his petition, he sought a declaration that the petitioner is not held under and in terms of the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

In his petition, the former Chief Minister cited IGP Pujith Jayasundara, CID Director, Attorney General and six other parties as respondents.

The petitioner further sought a declaration that the respondents have violated infringed the petitioner’s Fundamental Rights to equality before the law and the equal protection of the law, as guaranteed to him under Article 12(1) of the Constitution.

Former Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan was arrested by the CID on October 11, 2015, when he arrived at the CID office in Colombo to give a statement.

He was arrested by the CID in connection with the killing of former TNA parliamentarian Joseph Pararajasingham who was shot dead on December 25, 2005 at the St.Maria’s Church in Batticaloa.

President’s Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena appeared for the petitioner. Senior State Counsel Sudarshana de Silva appeared for the Attorney General.

- Asian Tribune -

Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan - File Photo
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