Following the standing down of Mohan Pieris from hearing the Golden Key Fundamental Rights case, a five judge bench today directed that the entire case be re-heard on three different days in November.
Justice Sripavan who headed the bench informed all parties present that the De Facto Chief Justice Mohan Pieris had ordered a five judge bench to hear the case.
This is after Pieris stepped down from hearing the case, after what he said a ” scurrilous letter” defaming him was being circulated to his family and friends.
It was alleged that the letter was sent by the Directors of Ceylinco Insurance who stood to lose their stake in a sham fund ” CIESOT” which the De Facto Chief Justice had earlier directed to be frozen.
Subsequent Financial Investigation Unit reports and Security and Exchange Commission reports identified the trust fund to be held for “collateral purposes”.
The De Facto Chief Justice showing much bravado and ferocity declared the trust fund a “sham device” and said in open court that “no intimidatory tactics will intimidate the court” before meekly recusing himself from the bench.
The five judge bench will comprise Justice Eva Wanasundera and Buwaneka Aluwihare in addition to Rohini Marasinghe, Sripavan and Sisira De Abrew.
The Golden Key depositors have continuously urging court to re-pay the money that was due to them and had on over 50 occasions appeared before court.
Many of the depositors have committed suicide and in financial ruin due to the Golden Key debacle.
The entire repayment of the depositors was to be completed by January 2015 according to the Task Force Chairman Priyantha Fernando prior to the Chief Justice standing down from the case.