Refrain from deleting Apple account data or face criminal charges Bond commission warns Aloysius:
Posted on August 3rd, 2017


The Presidential Commission probing the bond scam yesterday ordered Director of Perpetual Treasuries and son-in-law of former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, Arjun Aloysius not to change or delete data stored in his Apple account.

Additional Solicitor General Yasantha Kodagoda requested the Commission to order Aloysius not to delete the data.

Kodagoda told the Commission that Aloysius had attempted to do so by using his wife’s mobile phone with a Singapore number.

Chairman of the Commission Justice K. T. Chitrasiri yesterday issued the order.

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At this juncture Senior Additional Solicitor General Dappula de Livera PC, while appreciating the order given by the Commission, said that the order given by the Commission mentioned that if the data was deleted it would delay or hinder the work of the Commission.

De Livera said the mobile phone and the Apple Account were the private property of Arjun Aloysius. “We are not taking any steps to deprive him his right to access them. But, the Commission will not allow him to delete or change the data in the account”.

The Commission warned Arjun Aloysius to refrain from deleting data or assisting in any such act or he would have to face criminal charges.

The Secretary to the Commission was ordered to give a copy of the order to the Counsel of Arjun Aloysius.

Full text of the order:

On 01st August 2017, learned Senior Additional Solicitor General made an application that the Commission of inquiry issues an Order prohibiting Mr. Arjuna Aloysius from accessing his ” Apple ID” or “Apple Account” and also prohibiting Mr Aloysius from tampering with or altering the data in that ” Apple ID” or “Apple Account”. We are well aware that an “Apple ID” or “Apple Account” is a personal data account maintained by Apple Inc. We are also informed that, an user of a “Apple” mobile telephone can create a personal “Apple ID” or “Apple Account” and that he will use that “Apple ID” or “Apple Account” to access the data arising from or relating to the use of his mobile phone. We are also informed that, such data is stored in several data bases including data bases known as “ICloud” and “IMessage”.

Learned Senior Additional Solicitor General has submitted that, the Commission of Inquiry has the inherent or consequential power to make the Orders sought by him.

We appreciate the reasons why learned Senior Additional Solicitor General saw the need to make this application, since any tampering with or alteration of the aforesaid data would delay or hinder the investigation which is being carried out.

However, while being cognizant of these reasons, we are acutely conscious of the fact that this Commission of Inquiry must act within the terms of the lawful authority vested in us. We also note that, the Commissions of Inquiry Act No. 17 of 1948, as amended, does not have a clear provision conferring on the Commission of Inquiry, the power to make such Orders as may be required for the purposes of carrying out our Mandate. It appears to us that, the powers vested in us are specifically set out in the provisions of the Act. In these circumstances, while we recognise that, in accordance with long established principles of law which do not need to recounted here, there must be some inherent power or jurisdiction vested in the Commission of Inquiry to make such Orders as are required to give meaningful effect to the provisions of the Act, we are of the view that we should approach the exercise of any such power or jurisdiction, with much circumspection and care.

We have carefully examined the provisions of the Commissions of Inquiry Act No. 17 of 1948, as amended. We are not satisfied that, the provisions of the Act give us the power to issue an Order prohibiting Mr. Aloysius from accessing his “Apple ID” or “Apple Account”. In taking this view, we note that, the “Apple ID” or “Apple Account” of an individual is his personal property and we are mindful that this Commission of Inquiry should give due regard and respect to the right of a person to access his property.

However, the position is different with regard to the second part of the application made by learned Senior Additional Solicitor General which is to prohibit Mr. Aloysius from tampering with or altering the data in that,”Apple ID” or “Apple ID” or “Apple “Account”.

In this regard, we are of the view that, the mobile phone belonging to Mr. Aloysius is a thing or item which has been duly produced to the Commission of Inquiry in terms of the Act and, is therefore, in our custody. In these circumstances, this Commission of Inquiry has the power to ensure that, such thing or item in the custody of Commission is not tampered with or altered. The data in the “Apple ID” or “Apple Account” which is integral to that mobile phone falls within that description.

Therefore, we issue an Order prohibiting Mr. Aloysius from tampering with or altering in any manner, the data in that “Apple ID” or “Apple Account” and prohibiting his agents or others acting on his behalf from doing so.

We also consider it appropriate and necessary to refer to the provisions of sections 201 of Chapter XI of the Penal Code read with section 9 of the Commissions of Inquiry Act which make causing the destruction or secreting or obliteration or rendering illegible of documents (which in our view include data) which any person may be compelled by law to produce as evidence before this Commission of Inquiry and with the intention of preventing such documents (which in our view include data) before this Commission of Inquiry, an offence punishable with a term of imprisonment. In this regard we also refer to section 198 and the other provisions of Chapter XI of the Penal Code and other laws which are relevant in this regard.

Mr. Arjuna Aloysius is warned that, any act on his part which attempts to or commits one or more of the aforesaid offences may result in the commission of an offence and, consequently, the institution of appropriate criminal proceedings against him.

We also observe that, the deletion of data may, in appropriate circumstances, justify the drawing of appropriate inferences or presumptions under the law including under the provisions of the Evidence Ordinance.

We direct that a copy of this Order be made available to learned President’s Counsel appearing for Mr. Arjuna Aloysius so that he advises his client accordingly and also that a copy of the Order be served on Mr. Arjuna Aloysius.

5 Responses to “Refrain from deleting Apple account data or face criminal charges Bond commission warns Aloysius:”

  1. Senerath Says:

    රවීට එරෙහි විශ්වාස භංගයට මහින්ද චමල්ගේ අත්සන් නෑ

    විදේශ කටයුතු ඇමැති රවි කරුණානායක මහතාට එරෙහිව ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයේ මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් ඊයේ (03 දා) පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ නියෝජ්‍ය මහලේකම් නීල් ඉද්දවල මහතාට විශ්වාසභංග යෝජනාවක්‌ භාරදී ඇත.
    ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්‍ෂයේ මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් තිස්‌ තුන්දෙනකු මෙම විශ්වාසභංග යෝජනාවට අත්සන් කළ බව ද එකී අත්සන්
    ඊයේ පෙරවරුවේ ලබාගත්තේ කොළඹ සිනමන් ග්‍රෑන්ඩ් හෝටලයේ පැවැති කෙහෙළිය රඹුක්‌වැල්ල මහතාගේ පුතුගේ විවාහ මංගල්‍ය අවස්‌ථාවේදී බවද වාර්තා විය.
    බන්දුල ගුණවර්ධනට අංක මාරුවී 3 අංක 2 ක් සටහන් කර අත්සන යෙදීම නිසා 33 වෙනුවට 32 ක් ලෙස එකතුව සටහන්වී තිබේ.

    හිටපු ජනාධිපති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා සහ චමල් රාජපක්ෂ මහතා ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂය විසින් ඉදිරිපත් කර ඇති විශ්වාසභංග යෝජනාවට අත්සන් කර නැතැයිද වාර්තාවේ.
    එය හිතාමතාමගහැරීමක් බවත් හිටපු ජනපතිවරයා මෙම යෝජනාවට අකමැතිව තිබෙන බවත් වෙබ් අඩවි වාර්තා පළව තිබේ.
    ඉපැයූ ආකාරය හෙළිදරව් නොකර ශ්‍රී ලංකා රුපියල් ලක්‍ෂ 1450 ක්‌ (එක්‌දහස්‌ හාරසිය පනහක්‌) මුදලක්‌ පෞද්ගලික සේප්පුවක තබාගෙන පසුව නිවසක්‌ මිලදී ගැනීමට ගෙවීම් කිරීමෙන් මුදල් විශුද්ධිකරණ පනත උල්ලංඝනය කිරීම මෙම විශ්වාසභංග යෝජනාවේ රවි කරුණානායක මහතාට එරෙහි එක්‌ චෝදනාවකි.

    2016 වසරේදීත් ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂයේ මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් 37 දෙනෙකු විසින් මුදල් අමාත්‍ය රවි කරුණානායක මහතාට එරෙහිව විශ්වාසභංග යෝජනාවක් ඉදිරිපත් කරන ලද නමුත් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ දී එය පරාජයට පත්විය.

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    Senerath,

    MR was quoted saying that the No Confidence motion should not only be against Ravi Karunanayake but AGAINST the whole Yamapalanaya Govt!

    That may be the reason he did not sign this Motion against Ravi K only.

  3. Dilrook Says:

    @Senerath

    Hardly surprising. In fact, I said so. They never voted against Ravi’s budgets either. When FBI was pursuing Ravi, they let his off the hook. They also let him go after the 2007 COPE report found Ravi involved in corruption. People do talk about these things and take note. Actually, one of the hottest topics in Sri Lanka today! It is very good these things come out so voters can take note. It is not the fault of voters.

    This is the bane of Sri Lankan politics. Corruption cartels span across political parties and dynasties. Not many MPs have the best interests of the nation at heart. Their excuses are as disgusting as their politics.

  4. Senerath Says:

    Yes. I remember Dirook sadi that.

    I am not saying it but Dilrook Quote- It is not the fault of voters -Unquoue. Sometimes Moderator cut off when I say the same thing. God knwos why. Strange things happening in Lanakweb too. But I wholeheartedly agree with it.
    Why ?
    Because eof theory of probability. You can’t fool 1 million people. You can’t fool average IQ people. It is only below average you can fool. There is a reason for voters to vote the way they voted. If a person have a 50% probabily of getting wrong (average IQ person) and if 0.005% of population of 1 million are at average or above, then the probablity of fooling that 20% is (0.5)^200000 = 0.0000000000001 % approximately. almost ZERO. Only fools will say 1miilion Sinhala voters are fools.
    This is why it is imperative for politician to accept they were wrong ( even if they were correct),so that they can win at the next election.
    Telling and spreading such stupid lies out of anger is similar to being a drohiya.

  5. Senerath Says:

    Sorry , error above , 20% should read 0.005%.

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