The Kollupitiya police today filed a charge sheet against the woman who was arrested on charges of having kept a cobra in a room at a Kollupitiya night club.
In the charge sheet filed under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance, police said the suspect Nirosha Wimalaratne alias Dilani had acted to cause unnecessary pain or suffering to a cobra.
Police said she had committed a punishable offence under section 2 (1) (b) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance.
The police said the woman had prevented the cobra from continuing with its natural feeding pattern and thus hindered its growth.
The charge sheet named ten people, including police officers and officials of the Dehiwala Zoological Gardens, as witnesses.
President’s Counsel Rienzie Arsakularatne with Wasantha Batagoda and Sudarshani Gunaratne appearing for the suspect informed Colombo Fort Magistrate that the defence would file preliminary objections to the charge sheet on the next hearing date.
Meanwhile, Magistrate Kanishka Wijeratne reserved judgment for December 6 on the request made for the release of the cobra to the woman.
The Kollupitiya police had arrested the woman on charges of having violated the provisions of Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance and the Prevention of the Cruelty to Animal Ordinance. They seized the cobra, which was in her possession and handed it over to the Dehiwala Zoological Gardens.(Lakmal Sooriyagoda)