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Ex-CJ cries foul over NDB action

2014-09-26 20:59:46
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Former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake’s Counsel complained to the Colombo Chief Magistrate that the NDB had not allowed her computer experts to inspect the log-in data of the accounts said to belong to Ms. Bandaranayakes and had demanded US$472, 200 from them.

Counsel Nalin Ladduwahetty PC told Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya that the NDB had on an earlier occasion appealed to the High Court seeking a stay order on inspecting the computer data in relating to her accounts.

He said the bank had suppressed facts and obtained an ex–parte stay order from the High Court and after the Court was made aware that the bank had suppressed facts had dismissed the application even without calling for objections from the defence.

Thereafter the Magistrate fixed a fresh date for the computer experts to inspect the computers.

Mr. Ladduwahetty complained that the Bank had not abided by the Court Order and demanded that Ms. Bandaranayake should pay US$472, 200 to the bank before inspecting the data.

He said this was in contempt of court because the bank could not force terms and conditions on Court Orders and added that his client was now without any income including a pension and pointed out that his client cannot afford to pay it and they cannot face the trial without these details.

Consequently Magistrate Pilapitiya questioned the bank’s counsel how long it would take for the bank to release the log-in details to the accused. The counsel said it will take about four years to release the computer details.

State Counsel Dilan Ratnayake appearing for the Attorney General said the AG was not made aware about the alleged incident that took place at the bank.

The Magistrate directed a Central Bank Director to appear in Court on November 3 to find out whether the Central Bank could provide any solution to the problem. (TFT)


  Comments - 6

  • Bala Friday, 26 September 2014 21:19

    Why did not the NDB Bank say these things before or even after the Court order. They are in contempt of court & am surprised that they are allowed to get away & also say FOUR years to give the records - then how did they give the earlier records to court to institute the original action ? Smells very very fishy.

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    Perumal Monday, 29 September 2014 10:27

    [quote name="Bala"]Why did not the NDB Bank say these things before or even after the Court order. They are in contempt of court & am surprised that they are allowed to get away & also say FOUR years to give the records - then how did they give the earlier records to court to institute the original action ? Smells very very fishy.[/quote]
    Everything and everyone smells buddy, from Presidency down to the PS membership!!! From lordship down to Justice of Peace!!!

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    wahab Friday, 26 September 2014 21:36

    four years to provide details. what age are we living appears to be back to Stone Age via DM Android App

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    VoiceOfLanka Saturday, 27 September 2014 02:27

    4 years to release the log-in details!? - We have become immune to the shame of losing our dignity. Easily the bottom 5 of Asia.

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    Niro Sunday, 28 September 2014 10:42

    May be those "computer experts" need to do a bachelors degree on computer science and then extract login details from the database.. How else could we justify 4 years?

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    lankan Sunday, 28 September 2014 17:24

    4 years needed to release log entry. Hah...haha. Mahinda chinthana works well via DM Android App

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