Avant Garde Chairman complains of foul play to the SC



By Chitra Weerarathne

Nissanka Senadhipathi the Chairman of the Avant Garde Maritime Services Pvt Limited and retired Commander Nandana Diybulanage have filed fundamental rights violation petitions in the Supreme Court requesting the court to grant an interim order, prevent them being charged or indicted, based on the evidence, currently placed, before the Magistrate’s Court of Galle.

Both these petitions say the weapons and ammunition on board the MV Avant Garde floating off the shores of Galle were duly entrusted to the tenth respondent, Rakna Arakshake Lanka Limited, by the government of Sri Lanka.

The authorities have been framing charges in terms of the purported violation of Firearms Ordinance for the purpose of having bail refused, the petitioners have said.

The petitioners say theyhave cooperated with investigations. There are no reasons to suspect them of violation of Firearms Ordinance.

The petitioners want the Supreme Court to declare that they have been arbitrarily treated and unduly harassed by the police and the CID.

Sanath Wijewardene is the Instructing Attorney in this case.

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