The Supreme Court Bench comprising Chief Justice K. Sripavan and Justices Priyasath Dep and Buwenaka Aluvihara today fixed for August 3 the proceedings in the case where UPFA MP Namal Rajapaksa is charged with contempt of the Bribery Commission.
The Bribery Commission informed the SC that Mr. Rajapaksa committed the offense contempt by failing to appear before it on May 26.
BC Director General Dilrukshi Dias Wickremasinghe said he had without reasonable cause failed to appear before the Commission and had failed to produce an affidavit in connection with the investigations into his assets.
Singed by BC Chairman T.B. Weerasuriya requested the Supreme Court to initiate proceedings against Mr. Rajapaksa under the Article 105(3) of the Constitution.
The BC said it launched an investigation into Mr. Rajapaksa's assets under the Bribery Act and had suffecient evidence to substantiate an offence of Bribery. Mr. Rajapksa in a letter dated January 19, 2016 had requested further time to send the affidavit and the commission granted further time until March 15. However, on March 15, he had requested a copy of the complaint from the commission.
The commission wrote to him saying it could not provide a copy, as he was not entitled to it and requested him to submit an affidavit by April 17. But it had not been complied with.
Gamini Marapana PC appeared for Mr. Rajapaksa. (S.S.Selvanayagam)
BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 25 July 2016 03:54 PM
The Rajapakse's still think they can get away with arrogance.
Manel Monday, 25 July 2016 04:00 PM
These fellows still think that MR is in power and they can get away with anything. High time to teach a lesson to these rogues.
Veda-mama Monday, 25 July 2016 04:02 PM
He has just woken up, not knowing that his era "I am the King" has changed hands.
C.K.Lankaputhra. Monday, 25 July 2016 04:19 PM
This is a case where he proved that although he is a lawyer, he doesnt know the law which means he is not qualified to be a lawyer.
Dinesh Monday, 25 July 2016 04:30 PM
Hope the reins do not go back to the Rajapaksas otherwise everybody will be flushed down the drain. But way things are going it might get transferred soon....
C.E.Rodrigo Monday, 25 July 2016 06:19 PM
When will we see any of these alleged rogues being found guilty?Perhaps they may drop the arrogance when this happens.
Vimal Carlos Tuesday, 26 July 2016 12:10 AM
Rodrigo dont worry. The goverment dragging all cases against the roughs and rajapaksas so they will FOR SURE miss the comming election. That is why it take time. We need a sentence very close to the next election.
CODANOR Tuesday, 26 July 2016 05:03 AM
Is the ex president M.R thinking that he is having a bad dream,in fact a very bad never ending dream that some day will come to an end? Good luck ,and better dreams MR EX
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