By Chitra Weerarathne
The Court of Appeal, yesterday extended till Feb. 28, the restraining order which prevented the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) and the police from taking steps to arrest, under Offences to the Public Property Act, Former Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, in respect of the construction of the D. A. Rajapaksa Memorial at Weeraketiya.
The petitioner Rajapaksa, has complained that the FCID has done investigations against him under the Offences against the Public Property Act. This is erroneous, There is no criminal element in the deal. The Rajapaksa Foundation had taken steps to pay back any dues to the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation, which had entered into an agreement with the authorities to construct the memorial.The Counsel for the petitioner Romesh de Silva, PC said that there was no criminal element in the deal.
He explained that the state might charge him in a Court of Law so that Gotabhaya Rajapksa, might defend and prove his innocence. But he should not be unduly arrested, in violation of his personal liberty.
Deputy Solicitor General Viraj Dayaratne appearing for the Attorney General said he would let the court know the full opinion of the Attorney General on the next date.
The bench comprised Justice Preethi Padman Soorasena (President) and Justice Shiran Gooneratne.
The case will be called again on Feb. 27.