Johnston Fernando remanded-SC decides expulsion of Attanayake from parliamentary seat is invalid
Posted on May 5th, 2015

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Former Minister Johnston Fernando, who was arrested over allegations of financial frauds against him, was remanded till tomorrow by the Colombo Chief Magistrate on Tuesday (5).

Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya also ordered the prison authorities to produce Fernando at the Kurunegala Magistrate’s Court at the next hearing.

The Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) summoned the former Minister to record a statement on alleged financial misappropriations in the Lanka Sathosa Ltd, this morning.

The Supreme Court in a historic judgment on Tuesday (5) ruled that expulsion of former United National Party (UNP) General Secretary, Tissa Attanayake, from parliamentary seat is invalid as due process was not followed.
The judgment was delivered, when a petition filed by Attanayake, was taken up for hearing before a bench comprising of three judges including Justices Rohini Marasinghe.
The Supreme Court ruled that since a disciplinary inquiry has not been conducted or a charge sheet has not been filed against Attanayake in this regard, it is unjustifiable to take such a decision.
The former UNP General Secretary, who pledged support to then President Mahinda Rajapaksa ahead of the Presidential Election in January, was also expelled from the party following a decision taken by the working committee.
On February 11, Attanayake was released on bail after being arrested on criminal charges of falsifying a document. Attanayake, who was made Health Minister for less than three weeks after he defected from the UNP, was accused of fabricating a document to discredit President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
M.U.M.Ali Sabry with Kaushalya Molligoda and Ruwantha Coorey instructed by Athula De Silva appeared on behalf of the petitioner. Romesh De Silva with Sugath Caldera and Eraj De Silva appeared for the UNP.
Ronald Perera with Suren Fernando appeared for the leader of the UNP while Ikram Mohamed PC with Saadi Wadood appeared on behalf of the General Secretary of the UNP.

2 Responses to “Johnston Fernando remanded-SC decides expulsion of Attanayake from parliamentary seat is invalid”

  1. LANKAPUTHRA Says:

    One mustn’t jump to conclusions before reading the statement by former minister Jonston Fernando! Why is FCID silent about Champika RanWake? Where did he get the money to settle his divorce? Kickbacks to the head of FCID. Three weeks ago Ranawake transferred lots of money to HATTON NATIONAL BANK! (Amount unavailable at this time)

  2. dhane Says:

    Why FCID silent about Chandrika to find out how she got money to buy a Palace in UK according to Victor Iven’s “Cohoyra Rajina”

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