Colombo Telegraph

BASL Standing Committee Concerns About Withdrawing Bribery Cases Against Politicians In Power

The Standing Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka on Rule of Law calls upon the Commission to make public the reasons for the withdrawal of the bribery or corruption case against the Chief Minister of the Central Provincial Council.

Sarath Ekanayake - Chief Minister of the Central Provincial Council

Issuing a statement its Convenor Priyantha Gamage says; “Proceedings in Court are open to the public as transparency is an inviolable principle of our legal system.  Thereafter the public has a right to know the reason behind the withdrawal of the case before any evidence was recorded as this is one of the very few cases filed against politicians in power.”

We publish below the statement in full;

It is reported that the Chief Minister of the Central Provincial Council and two others charged by the Commission to Investigate into Allegations of Bribery or Corruption before the Magistrates’ Court of Colombo for allegedly influencing a principal of a school to admit a child was discharged on an application made to Magistrates’ Court by the commission withdrawing the case against the accused.  It is reported that the Commission moved Court by way of a motion to withdraw the case and apparently no reasons were given  in open Courts.  It is presumed as it has to be done under the Act that the commission files a case in Court after a full investigation and after satisfying itself on the available evidence that there is a case to go before a Court.  It is surprising that the commission has withdrawn the case before any evidence was led in Court, and in the absence of the accused who were on bail.

Proceedings in Court are open to the public as transparency is an inviolable principle of our legal system.  Thereafter the public has a right to know the reason behind the withdrawal of the case before any evidence was recorded as this is one of the very few cases filed against politicians in power.

In the best interest of transparency in the administration of justice, we call upon the Commission to make public the reasons for the withdrawal of this case.


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