Gota and six others Special HC says it has jurisdiction to hear the case

Published : 12:02 am  February 12, 2019 | No comments so far |  | 


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  • It was set up to hear cases of financial crimes


Untitled-2By T.Farook Thajudeen   

The Special High Court yesterday overruled the preliminary objections raised by the defence in the case against former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and six others who were charged with misappropriating some Rs.40 million belonging to the Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (LRDC) in the construction of the  D. A. Rajapaksa Museum and Memorial at Medamulana.   

The Court made this order after considering the objections raised by counsel Romesh Silva PC appearing for Mr. Rajapaksa saying the Special High Court had no jurisdiction to hear case and the counter arguments raised by Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris that the Special HC was set up to hear cases of serious financial crimes  committed by misappropriating state resources and the Bill setting up this Court was passed in the  Parliament after carefully scrutiny.   The three-Judge Bench comprising Judges Sampath Abeykoon (President), Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne had unanimously ruled that the Special High Court had the jurisdiction to hear the case under the Judicature (Amendment) Act and fixed the case to be taken up on February 27.