SC to proceed with the applications against the FCID

Supreme court of Sri Lanka

The Supreme Court on Wednesday (24) granted leave to proceed in applications filed challenging the establishment of the Financial Crime Investigation Division.

Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa last month filed a Fundamental Rights (FR) application challenging the legality of establishing the FCID.

Through the application, Gotabaya has sought intervention of the Supreme Court to prevent his imminent arrest pending and/or on the conclusion of the several purported investigations by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Commission to Investigate Bribery and Corruptions and/or the Frauds and Corruption Investigations Division   (FCID).

The respondents in the petition include the  Cabinet of  Ministers, Secretary to the President, Inspector General of Police, Deputy Inspect General of Police (Frauds and Corruption Investigative Division), Director of the CID, and the Attorney General.

(Ada Derana)