UNP obtains order halting publicising COPE report on bond issue

Sujeewa Senasinghe

Additional District Judge of Colombo Sumith Perera yesterday issued an enjoining order, restraining the defendants, D. E. W. Gunasekera, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Rosy Senanayake, Lasantha Alagiyawanne, Arjuna Ranatunga, Susil Premajayantha and a few others, from publicising the report published by the Committee on Public Enterprises on the investigation into the Treasury Bond issue of the Central bank. The aforesaid Treasury bond issue pertains to the transaction that occurred on February 27, 2015.

Plaintiff, Deputy Minister of Justice Sujeewa Arjuna Senasinghe of Colombo 3, has requested the District Court to issue a permanent injunction restraining the aforesaid publicising of the COPE report, until it was placed in Parliament and debated. Parliament has been dissolved and the Members are not privileged to debate the issue. Hence, the plaintiff resolved to invoke the jurisdiction of the District Court.

Counsel, Farman Cassim, appeared for the plaintiff with Lanka Dharmasiri, Damith Welikala, Charuke Jayarathne, Neil Manoj and H. M. Sideek.
The case will be called again in the District Court on July 23, 2015.

(The Island)