by Chitra Weerarathne
Additional Solicitor General Parinda Ranasinghe, President’s Counsel, yesterday informed the Colombo Special High Court-at-Bar, that the Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka had requested the government of Singapore to extradite Arjuna Mahendran to Sri Lanka.
Mahendran is the a former Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.
The Presidential Commission, which investigated the Central Bank bond scams, has said that Arjuna Mahendran, Arjun Aloysius, Kasun Palisena and seven others, were at fault over the Rs. 16 billion loss caused to the state due to bond scams.
Consequent to the Presidential Commission report, the Attorney General indicted the three persons at the Special High Court-at-Bar.
Yesterday, when the indictment was called before the Trial-at-Bar, the Additional Solicitor General said that Mahendran warranted by the Court would have to be extradited from Singapore.
Gamini Marapana, President’s Counsel, appeared with Navin Marapana, PC, for the accused persons.
The Special High Court Trial-at-Bar comprised Sampath Wijeratne, Samapth Abeykoon and Champa Janaki Rajaratne.
The case will be next called on March 31, 2020.