Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya today granted permission to Major General Palitha Fernando to travel to Doha, Qatar to attend an athletic seminar, despite a travel ban initially imposed.
Fernando is currently released on bail over his alleged involvement in a multibillion rupee scandal at Avant Garde. He was issued with a travel ban, however the Magistrate has lifted the travel ban temporarily on an additional surety bail of Rs. 5 million.
Accordingly, the Court has granted Fernando permission to travel to Doha from October 24 to November 4.
Fernando is the second person in the case who has been granted to travel overseas despite being on bail. Earlier, the court granted permission to former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa to travel to China, also for a seminar. He too is currently out on bail in the case.
In August, the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption filed a case at the Colombo Magistrate Court against Rajapaksa, and seven others including Fernando. The eight suspects have been charged for allowing Avant Garde to maintain a floating armoury, thereby resulting in them making an unlawful profit of Rs. 11. 4 billion.