Lawyers tell court Shani in grave danger

Former Director of the Criminal Investigations Department, Shani Abeysekara, who is currently in remand, is in grave danger, lawyers told court today.

The revision case filed against the High Court refusal to grant bail to Shani Abeysekara was taken up today (April 29) in the Appeal Court.

The Attorney General’s (AG) department informed the Appeal Court that the respondents wanted one more week to consider the matter.

Counsel appearing for Abeysekara told court that the situation is very unsatisfactory, as the case was being taken up for the respondents to file any objections for which ample time had been given, and that he was not in a position to accommodate further attempts to delay determination of the matter.

He urged that Abeysekara (who has health issues) was being irresponsibility placed in grave danger especially in view of Covid-19 and that it is the responsibility of all concerned not to unnecessarily delay the matter.

Therefore, he urged the court to have the case fixed for inquiry and decision on a very early date as a matter of high priority.

The court heard submissions of all counsel and directed that the case should be taken up for inquiry on 13th May and permitted the AG to file any objections by 7th May, serving a copy on the petitioner’s instructing attorney.

Viran Corea with Thilini Vidanagamage instructed by Gowry Thavarasha appeared for Abeysekara.

Assistant Solicitor General (ASG) Rohantha Abeysooriya with Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) Shanil Kularatne appeared for the respondents (CID and AG). The bench consisted of Justices Bandula Karunaratne and R. Gurusinghe. (Colombo Gazette)