Mon, 15 Apr 2024 Today's Paper

Lakmal Sooriyagoda is a journalist who specializes in reporting legal news in Sri Lanka. He holds a Law Degree from Buckinghamshire New University and Political Science (Special) Degree from Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. He began his career as a journalist in 2009 and currently holds the position of News Editor (Legal) at Daily Mirror Newspaper & Daily Mirror Online.

BASL calls for action against police brutality in Medawachchiya

13 Apr 2024 - 12     - 1059

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has called for swift and transparent action over the alleged assault of a young man by officers of the Medawachchiya Police Traffic Division.


Court dismisses enjoining order against SLSCA

05 Apr 2024 - 0     - 1431

The Colombo District Court Judge Sandun Vithana today made an order suspending an enjoining order obtained against the office-bearers of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA).


Patient claims Rs.100 million from Keheliya, others for permanent loss of sight

05 Apr 2024 - 26     - 4708

A patient who was subjected to permanent loss of sight due to the use of ‘Prednisolone Acetatean’, eye drop used after cataract surgeries at a government hospital, has sent a Letter of Demand claiming a compensation Rs.100 million from Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and eight others for the damage caused to his eyes and possible threats to his life.


Contempt of court case against Roshan Ranasinghe fixed for July 10

05 Apr 2024 - 6     - 1461

The Contempt of Court application filed against former Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe was today fixed for July 10 by the Court of Appeal.


Easter Sunday attacks

Court orders CID to investigate credibility of Maithripala’s statement

04 Apr 2024 - 24     - 2668

The Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court today ordered the CID to investigate into the credibility of former President Maithripala Sirisena’s controversial revelation regarding the Easter Sunday attacks.


First application under Online Safety Act filed before Court

04 Apr 2024 - 11     - 2858

The first application under the newly enacted Online Safety Act was made to the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court and Court issued a conditional order preventing respondent parties from communicating alleged false information against former Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission (PUCSL) Janaka Ratnayake.


SC decides to hear FR petition against policemen involved in Narammala shooting

04 Apr 2024 - 3     - 789

The Supreme Court today granted leave to proceed with the Fundamental Rights petition filed by the widow of the carpenter who died in the Narammala police gunfire during the ’Yukthiya Operation’.


Weak prosecution case clears police OIC charged for bribery

03 Apr 2024 - 8     - 1190

The Colombo High Court Judge Navaratne Marasinghe today acquitted the former OIC of Mount-Lavinia Special Crime Investigation Bureau (SCIB) Inspector of Police Samaraweera Gunarathne from all the charges of bribery as the prosecution failed to prove the charges beyond reasonable doubt.


Easter Sunday attacks:

Maithripala decides not to provide statement in court

03 Apr 2024 - 37     - 4540

Former President Maithripala Sirisena has informed the Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court that he will not provide a confidential statement before the magistrate in connection with his controversial revelation regarding the Easter Sunday attacks.


High Court refuses bail to Keheliya

03 Apr 2024 - 18     - 1884

The bail application filed on behalf of former Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, who is currently held in remand custody in connection with the alleged import of substandard Immunoglobulin injections, was today rejected by Colombo High Court Judge Sujeewa Nissanka.


Court refuses bail to Ven. Gnanasara Thera

02 Apr 2024 - 18     - 3842

The Colombo High Court today refused to release Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galaboda Atte Gnanasara Thera on bail.


Order on Ven. Gnanasara Thera’s bail request to be delivered today

02 Apr 2024 - 1     - 856

Colombo High Court Judge Adithya Patabendige has scheduled for 12.30 p.m. today the delivery of its order regarding the bail application filed on behalf of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galaboda Atte Gnanasara Thera, who was sentenced to four years of rigorous imprisonment.


Three men arrested over Easter Sunday attacks

Cops tender apologies as per Sinhala tradition

01 Apr 2024 - 10     - 2655

Five policemen have tendered an apology as per Sinhala tradition during a Supreme Court hearing involving the arrest of three individuals over Easter Sunday attacks.


CAA to withdraw gazette which prevents traders charging for polyethylene bags

29 Mar 2024 - 6     - 829

The Attorney General today informed Supreme Court that the Consumers Affairs Authority would withdraw its gazette notification issued directing all traders not to charge for polyethylene bags issued to consumers when they are purchasing goods.


Easter Sunday attacks

Maithripala noticed to appear before Court on April 4

28 Mar 2024 - 13     - 1800

The Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court issued a notice directing former President Maithripala Sirisena to appear before Court and provide a statement regarding his recent controversial revelation regarding the Easter Sunday attacks.


Ven. Siridhamma Thera released from PTA charges

28 Mar 2024 - 6     - 1004

The Colombo Chief Magistrate today ordered to release former Convenor of Inter University Bhikku Federation (IUBF) Ven. Galwewa Siridhamma Thera from a case filed for allegedly committing offences under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) during the Aragalaya protests in 2022.


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Gnanasara Thera sentenced to 4 years in prison for defaming Islam

28 Mar 2024 - 69     - 12839

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galaboda Atte Gnanasara Thera was today sentenced to four-year-rigorous imprisonment for making a hate speech against the Islamic religion on Kuragala Temple.


Easter Sunday attacks: Writ petition against Nilantha Jayawardane fixed for support

27 Mar 2024 - 1     - 1485

A writ petition filed seeking an order to conduct a credible investigation and take appropriate actions against Senior DIG Nilantha Jayawardane for his omission and serious dereliction of duty which led to the Easter Sunday attacks, was today fixed for support by the Court of Appeal.


Non-appointment of Bribery Commission DG challenged in SC

27 Mar 2024 - 5     - 1122

The Commissioner General of Land, Bandula Jayasinghe yesterday challenged an indictment filed by the Bribery Commission against him on the premise that no Director General has been appointed thus far by the President.


Meethotamulla extortion case: Prasanna’s appeal against sentence fixed for inquiry

26 Mar 2024 - 18     - 2090

An appeal filed by Minister of Urban Development and Housing Prasanna Ranatunga challenging the Colombo High Court’s decision to impose a suspended imprisonment in connection with the Meethotamulla extortion case was today fixed for inquiry by the Court of Appeal.


CA quashes PCoL recommendations against Ranil, Anura and others

25 Mar 2024 - 6     - 1842

The Court of Appeal today issued a writ of certiorari, squashing the report, the findings and the recommendations made by the Presidential Commission on Political Victimisation (PCoI) in respect of incumbent President Ranil Wickremesinghe, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake and several others.


Attorney General objects to Keheliya’s bail request

25 Mar 2024 - 10     - 1894

The Attorney General today raised objections against the bail application filed on behalf of former Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, who is currently held in remand custody in connection with the alleged import of substandard Immunoglobulin injections.


Sri Lanka authorizes English as court language in Commercial High Courts

25 Mar 2024 - 4     - 1143

The Justice Minister has issued an extraordinary gazette notification permitting to use English language for all purposes of record and proceedings in the Commercial High Courts.


Colombo HC prevents Abans using McDonald’s brand name

24 Mar 2024 - 32     - 16778

The Colombo Commercial High Court issued an enjoining order preventing Rusi Pestonjee, Managing Director of Abans PLC or his servants from in any way or manner to use the name McDonald’s or any name in any way or manner similar to the name McDonald’s.


Indictment served on eight accused in X-Press Pearl case

22 Mar 2024 - 6     - 1418

The Colombo High Court today served an indictment on eight accused including the Captain of the fire-ravaged container ship MV X-Press Pearl for causing damage to the country’s oceanic environment.


Keheliya’s application for bail to be heard on Monday

22 Mar 2024 - 7     - 840

A revision application filed on behalf of former Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, who is currently held in remand custody in connection with the alleged import of substandard Immunoglobulin injections, was today fixed for March 25 by the Colombo High Court.


Lawyer remanded for contemptuous behavior before Supreme Court

20 Mar 2024 - 5     - 8107

The Supreme Court today ordered the remand of a lawyer accused of his contemptuous behavior in the Supreme Court.


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Fonseka’s lawsuit against SJB: Court rejects Sajith’s objections

19 Mar 2024 - 19     - 1993

The Colombo District Court today rejected the objections raised by Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) leader Sajith Premadasa, against the enjoining order which prevented the SJB from removing Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka from his party membership and positions.


Hirunika files action against Deshabandu

18 Mar 2024 - 3     - 1471

Former Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra today filed a Fundamental Rights petition in the Supreme Court seeking an order restraining Deshabandu Tennakoon from discharging the duties and functioning in the office of Inspector General of Police (IGP).


Russian Aeroflot flight incident

Lawyer discharged from alleged professional misconduct

15 Mar 2024 - 4     - 2293

The Supreme Court ruled that a lawyer involved in the controversies surrounding the prevention of a Russian Aeroflot flight from taking off from within the territorial jurisdiction of Sri Lanka following a court order, has not committed any act which would amount to conduct unworthy of an Attorney-at-Law.


Keheliya seeks bail

15 Mar 2024 - 27     - 2816

Former Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, currently held in remand custody in connection with the alleged import of substandard Immunoglobulin injections, has sought bail from the Colombo High Court.


Applications challenging indictments against eight accused in X-Press Pearl case dismissed

13 Mar 2024 - 3     - 1013

The Court of Appeal dismissed the revision applications filed by eight accused including the Captain of the fire-ravaged container ship MV X-Press Pearl who were indicted before the Colombo High Court for causing damages to the country’s oceanic environment.


Young Journalists’ Association challenges IGP’s appointment

13 Mar 2024 - 1     - 709

The Young Journalists’ Association of Sri Lanka today filed a fundamental rights petition before the Supreme Court seeking an order to quash the appointment of Deshabandu Tennakoon as the Inspector General of Police.


AG will not defend cops involved in Narammala police shooting incident

12 Mar 2024 - 5     - 1299

The Attorney General’s Department yesterday informed Supreme Court that the Attorney General would not appear on behalf of the respondent police officers who were involved in the Narammala police shooting.


GI Pipes case: Court rejects Keheliya’s objections

12 Mar 2024 - 9     - 3251

The Colombo High Court today rejected the preliminary objections raised by former Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella against the GI pipes case.


Writ petitions against divestiture process of Lanka Hospital and SLT withdrawn

11 Mar 2024 - 1     - 2949

Two writ petitions filed against the divestiture process of the Lanka Hospital Corporation PLC and Sri Lanka Telecom PLC were withdrawn before the Court of Appeal today.


Deshabandu’s appointment as IGP challenged before Supreme Court

07 Mar 2024 - 14     - 2081

A Fundamental Rights petition has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking an order preventing Deshabandu Tennakoon from functioning as the Inspector General of Police.


Millennium City case against ASP Udugampola fixed for further defence evidence

06 Mar 2024 - 1     - 1444

The Millennium City safe-house case filed against former police officer ASP Kulasiri Udugampola was today fixed for further defence evidence by the Colombo High Court.


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Saman Ratnayake gives four hours confidential statement to magistrate

06 Mar 2024 - 4     - 1924

Additional Secretary of Health Dr. Saman Ratnayake, who was arrested in connection with the alleged import of substandard Immunoglobulin injections, today provided a confidential statement (in-camera) before Maligakanda Magistrate Lochani Abeywickrema.


SJB to raise objections against Fonseka’s case

04 Mar 2024 - 6     - 1613

Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) leader Sajith Premadasa and its office bearers are expecting to raise objections against the plaint filed by Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka


Weak litigation clears man charged for sexual harassment of foreign woman

02 Mar 2024 - 3     - 1778

A man who was charged with exposing himself in a manner of sexually harassing a foreign woman was discharged from the case by the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court due to the weak prosecution case, which proceeded in some instances without the virtual complainant giving evidence.


Easter Sunday attacks

Petition filed urging appropriate action against Nilantha Jayawardena

02 Mar 2024 - 0     - 804

The Centre for Society and Religion yesterday filed a writ petition in the Court of Appeal seeking an order to conduct a credible investigation and take appropriate actions against Senior DIG Nilantha Jayawardena for his omission and serious dereliction of duty which led to the Easter Sunday bombing in 2019.


Keheliya further remanded till March 14

29 Feb 2024 - 3     - 1311

Former Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella who was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) over the import of substandard Immunoglobulin injections, was further remanded till March 14 by the Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court.


SC quashes Cabinet decision granting residence to Maithripala

29 Feb 2024 - 10     - 4484

The Supreme Court today held that the Cabinet decision to allow former President Maithripala Sirisena to use a residence at Paget Road in Colombo was an arbitrary, unreasonable and illegal decision amounting to a violation of the Rule of Law and the Fundamental Rights guaranteed to the citizens.


Sumanthiran’s petition challenging Speaker certifying Online Safety Bill dismissed by SC

29 Feb 2024 - 13     - 2441

A Fundamental Rights petition filed by Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran challenging the Speaker’s act of certifying the Online Safety Bill has been dismissed by the Supreme Court.


Supreme Court disenrolls Nagananda Kodituwakku

29 Feb 2024 - 13     - 4322

The Supreme Court today issued a rule for the removal of Nagananda Kodituwakku from the position of an Attorney-at-Law after he was found guilty of professional misconduct.


Appeal Court suspends auctioning of New Nawaloka Medical Centre

28 Feb 2024 - 4     - 4027

The Court of Appeal today issued an interim order preventing Hatton National Bank PLC from auctioning the property relating to New Nawaloka Medical Centre (Private) Limited.


Court suspends divestiture process of Lanka Hospitals

28 Feb 2024 - 8     - 4356

The Court of Appeal today issued an interim order preventing the authorities from proceeding with the divestiture process of the Lanka Hospitals Corporation PLC, until March 12.


PHI Officer acquitted from Bribery Charges

27 Feb 2024 - 2     - 867

The Colombo High Court today acquitted a PHI officer from four charges filed by the Bribery Commission as itfailed to prove the accused’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt.


Seven petitions against Deshabandu being appointed as IGP fixed for April 2

27 Feb 2024 - 17     - 3179

Seven Fundamental Rights petitions filed challenging the decision to appoint Deshabandu Thennakoon as the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the IGP were today fixed for April 2 by the Supreme Court.


IGP arrives before Supreme Court

27 Feb 2024 - 12     - 2980

Newly appointed IGP Deshabandu Tennakoon today arrived Supreme Court in connection with a Fundamental Rights petition filed by Energy Analyst Vidhura Ralapanawe challenging summoning him before CID over releasing an official document to social media.


Court of Appeal recognises applicability of RTI Act on State bank exam

26 Feb 2024 - 2     - 1447

The Court of Appeal delivered a judgment recognising the applicability of the provisions of the Right to Information Act (RTI Act) in respect of a competitive examination conducted to recruit employees to a State run bank.


Burglary at Vietnam Embassy official’s house: Court issues open warrant on suspect

26 Feb 2024 - 4     - 1217

The Colombo Chief Magistrate today issued an open warrant for the arrest of the main suspect allegedly involved in stealing over Rs. 1 million from a house in Ward Place, Colombo, where the administrative officer of the Vietnam Embassy resides.


Enjoining order issued restraining ITAK from holding national convention

22 Feb 2024 - 1     - 1184

The Trincomalee District Court issued an enjoining order restraining office bearers of Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) from holding the National Convention which was scheduled to be held on February 19.


British instagrammer’s appeal against her deportation dismissed

22 Feb 2024 - 24     - 4976

An appeal application filed by a British woman instagrammer Kayleigh Fraser challenging the authorities’ decision to deport her from Sri Lanka has been dismissed by the Supreme Court.


Alleged sexual exploitation of 15-year old girl

Former Maldives State Minister and 16 others released from case

20 Feb 2024 - 5     - 1467

Former Maldives State Minister of Finance Mohamed Ashmalee and 16 other suspects have been released from the magisterial inquiry relating to the alleged sexual exploitation of a 15-year old girl in 2021.


Cops kneel in Supreme Court in apology for senior citizen’s illegal arrest

19 Feb 2024 - 18     - 3921

In a remarkable courtroom moment that has sparked conversations countrywide, three policemen tendered an apology while falling on their knees during a Supreme Court hearing involving an 88-year-old senior citizen they had previously arrested.


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Court prevents removal of Sarath Fonseka from SJB’s positions

19 Feb 2024 - 41     - 4331

The Colombo District Court today issued an enjoining order preventing the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) from removing Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka from the party positions.


Dispute over 90 perches of land ends after 52 years legal battle

18 Feb 2024 - 27     - 5326

The Supreme Court delivered a judgment in favour of the plaintiff party over a land dispute relating to a 90-perch plot of land in Kurunegala, which had traversed the halls of the courts for 52 years.


FR application by retired HC judge against PCoI fixed for argument

16 Feb 2024 - 0     - 1156

A fundamental rights application filed by retired High Court Judge Padmini Ranawaka challenging the findings of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry relating to the controversial telephone conversations with former Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake has been fixed for further argument by the Supreme Court on February 26.