Upon hearing the submission made by parties on November 3rd, Justice Wanasundera has circulated a “draft judgment/order” regarding the initial objections made by Respondents including former Ceylinco Chairman Lalith Kothelawala.
The usual precedence is for the judge presiding to write the said “order or judgement” and to circulate it among his colleagues. Justice S. Sripavan is the presiding judge of the 5 judge bench.
Justice Wanasundera has sent hard copies of the said order through her secretary to the other judges despite Written Submissions called for regarding the preliminary objections yet to be filed by the parties. Two judges have raised the question how she had drafted the judgement without even receiving the written submissions of the parties.
Earlier, on November 3rd, Counsel representing Lalith Kothelawala and other Golden Key Directors took preliminary objections against the Petition filed by Depositors saying that it had the President named as a Respondent and was therefore void ab initio.
Responding Counsel for the Petitioners said that the deposed Chairman and Directors are seeking to hide behind the immunity of the President instead by raising up the Preliminary objection.
Written Submissions were called for by the Court regarding the above objections. The court is to make an order on the above before proceeding to hear the case.
The Golden Key case has been at the centre of controversy with most recently, Mohan Pieris stepping down from the bench citing a “defaming letter being circulated around”.
The Golden Key depositors who seek to claim innocence played a mega role in the media blitz leading to the ousting of former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayke and the assumption of the office by Mohan Peiris.
Despite the above drama, both Lalith Kothelawala and his wife are yet to be tried by any court for the crimes committed.