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Is the Presidential Commission of Inquiry Interfering with the Judiciary by Ordering Attorney-General Not to Proceed with Case Against Ex-Navy Chief Wasantha Karannagoda and Former Navy Spokesman DKP Dassanayake?

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) appointed to probe the alleged political victimization of Public Servants under the previous administration has ordered the Attorney General (AG) not to proceed with the case against former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda and former Navy Spokesman Commodore D.K.P. Dassanayake until it reached a conclusion on the matter.

The PCoI has said, in a media statement, that Karannagoda and Dassanayake lodged a complaint on January 22 and the case was taken up at the Commission the following day. The Commission has paid close attention to the plaintiffs’ complaint that they are political victims and that the cases against them has been filed wrongfully.

The Commission has issued the order about the matter, as per the powers given to it by the gazette notification 2157/44 issued on January 22, 2019.

The Commission has decided that if the AG’s Department continues this case before the three member trial at bar, it might be detrimental to the two men. It is better if the case is heard after the PCoI decides if they are political victims.

Therefore until the PCoI hands over its recommendations to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the PCoI decided that the AG’s Department or any officials who has been designated authority by the AG must not continue the case at the trial- at- bar. The order was sent to the AG’s Department on January 23.

Courtesy: The Island