The writ petition filed on behalf of Salindu Malshika Gunaratne alias “Kudu Salindu” was today fixed for support by the Court of Appeal.
The mother of Salindu Malshika Gunaratne, alias “Kudu Salindu,” had filed this petition seeking an order preventing police from causing any harm to the life of her son.
The Court of Appeal’s two-judge bench, comprised of Justice (President) Nissanka Bandula Karunaratne and Justice M.A.R. Marikkar, fixed the petition to be taken up for support on March 20. The Attorney General’s stance regarding the petition is to be informed of the next hearing date.
Eight suspects, including drug kingpin Nadun Chinthaka alias “Harak Kata” and his accomplice identified as Salindu Malshika Gunaratne alias “Kudu Salindu,” were arrested in Madagascar for alleged drug trafficking charges.
The Petitioner states that her son, aged 26, is currently being extradited or is in the process of being extradited from Madagascar, where he was apprehended on March 1, 2023, together with Nadun Chinthaka, also known as “Harak Kata,” and is currently held in the administrative custody of Sri Lanka Police.
The petitioner stated that, to the best of her knowledge, her son has been named a suspect or indicted with respect to six criminal cases at several courts.
The petitioner states that the occurrence of deaths while in custody is a common occurrence in Sri Lanka, with such deaths taking place despite specific warnings by the family and attorneys of the said persons regarding the imminent danger to their lives.
The petitioner states that she is aware that, prior to the killing of Makandure Madush, his wife wrote to the Human Rights Commission.
The Petitioner states that as such she lodged a Complaint with the Human Rights
Commission together with an affidavit on the 13th of March 2023 urging immediate
intervention by the Commission to protect the life of her son.
President’s Counsel Nalin Ladduwahetty and Counsel Hafeel Farisz appeared for the petitioner.


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