Judge Pilapitiya’s writ application: AG will not appear for Acting IGP

By Chitra Weerarathne

The Court of Appeal yesterday gave the Nugegoda Magistrate and the Attorney General time till July 31 to file objections to the Writ Application filed by High Court Judge of Embilipitiya Gihan Pilapitiya.

The Nugegoda Magistrate had earlier issued a warrant for the arrest of Judge Pilapitiya on the basis of an application made by the CID. Pilapitiya appealed to the Court of Appeal to obtain a stay order against the Magisterial Order. The Court of Appeal at an earlier hearing stayed the proceedings at the Magistrate’s Court of Nugegoda till the Writ Application in the Court of Appeal was finally determined.

Yesterday, when the Writ Application was called before the Court of Appeal, the respondents, the Nugegoda Magistrate and the Attorney General were given time till July 31 to file objections. The CID has complained to the Magistrate that the High Court Judge discussed judicial matters on the telephone with then UNP Parliamentarian, Ranjan Ramanayake.

Romesh de Silva, President’s Counsel appeared with Niran Ankitell, Ruwantha Cooray, Vassantha Kumera Niles and Sugath Caldera for petitioner Gihan Pilapitiya.

Senior Deputy Solicitor General Milinda Gunetilleke appeared for the Attorney General.

State Counsel, Nishara Jayaratne, the coordinating Officer of the Attorney General, submitted to the Court that the Attorney General would not appear for the Acting IGP on the issue as he had not followed the instructions given by the AG.

The bench comprised Justice A.H.M.D. Nawaz (President) and Justice Sobitha Rajakaruna.

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