The Attorney General today informed Court of Appeal that police protection will be provided to former CID Director Shani Abeysekara, taking into account the existing security threats.
Additional Solicitor General Rohantha Abeysuriya appearing for the National Authority for the Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses gave this undertaking when the writ petition filed by Shani Abaysekara seeking adequate security to him and his family was taken up before Court of Appeal.
In his writ petition, Shani Abeysekara had sought an order directing the police to provide the security to him and his family in compliance with the directives of the National Authority for the Protection of Victims of Crimes and Witnesses.
ASG Abeysuriya informed Court that two armed policemen will be deployed for the security of former CID Director and an additional policeman to be deployed for the security of Shani Abeysekara’s residence.
President’s Counsel Upul Jayasuriya appearing for the petitioner told court that his client is satisfied with this arrangement. However he said they will file contempt of court papers in the Supreme Court against the respondents if they failed to implement this undertaking that was given to the court.
The petitioner had named National Authority for the Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses, IGP Chandana Wickremaratne, Western Province Senior DIG Deshabandu Tennakoon and several others as respondents.
The Petitioner states that evidently the he and his family is exposed to severe security threats, and the provision of a security of an unarmed police constable is clearly inadequate and does not suffice the required protection to the petitioner or his family. He further said this threats are existing as long as he is alive so these unidentified threats are life time Life threats towards the petitioner.
Shani Abeysekara states that the failure to comply with the requirement imposed by the Victims Protection Authority is an offence under the Section 14 (2) Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Act, No. 4 of 2015 shall be guilty of an offence of contempt of the Authority)
DON’T MISSIndia to provide technical assistance to uplift local milk production
One more COVID-19 death
One more COVID-19 death was confirmed yesterday (04) by the Director-General of Health Services.
Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll is at 16,805.
Auto Diesel price slashed
The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has announced that the price of a litre of Auto Diesel will be reduced by Rs. 10/- from midnight today (05)
Accordingly, the new price of a Liter of Auto Diesel will be Rs. 420/-.
However, CPC states that prices of other types of fuel will remain unchanged.
Meanwhile Lanka IOC says that they too will reduce the price of Auto Diesel by Rs. 10 from midnight today.
Bandula asks SLTB chairman to resign
Minister of Transport and Highways Bandula Gunawardena has called for the immediate resignation of the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB), Kingsley Ranawaka.
In a letter addressed to the SLTB chairman, the minister states that the ‘Park and Ride – City Bus Service’, which was initiated under a policy decision of the government, has been suddenly suspended without informing him, based on a decision reached by the Director Board of the Sri Lanka Transport Board.
Therefore, the Minister, under the powers vested in him by Sri Lanka Transport Board Act, No. 27 of 2005, has instructed Mr. Ranawaka to resign from the posts of SLTB chairman and Director Board member with immediate effect.