The writ petition filed by former President Maithripala Sirisena was today fixed for July 31 by the Court of Appeal. This petition is to be heard before a fuller bench, comprising five judges of the Court of Appeal, on the next hearing date.
In his writ application, former President Sirisena challenged the magisterial inquiry and issuance of summons against him in connection with the Easter Sunday attack incidents.
The Court of Appeal has already ordered to lay by the magisterial inquiry against former President Maithripala Sirisena at Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court.
On October 14, 2022, the Court of Appeal’s two-judge bench issued an order postponing a magisterial inquiry against former President Maithripala Sirisena. The Court of Appeal further decided to postpone the magisterial inquiry at Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court for a period of 10 weeks.
The Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court had earlier issued a notice directing former President Maithripala Sirisena to appear in court on October 14, 2022, in connection with a private complaint filed on the Easter Sunday attacks. Rev. Fr. Cyril Gamini Fernando and Jesuraj Ganeshan, victims of the Easter Sunday attack, filed a private complaint before the Magistrate’s Court, urging the court to take legal action against the former president under Section 298 of the Penal Code for causing deaths by negligence.


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