Champika fails to appear in Court: JMO asked to report on condition
The Colombo High Court yesterday ordered the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) to examine Samagi Jana Balawegaya MP Patali Champika Ranawaka who was admitted to a private hospital in Colombo due to a sudden illness and submit a proper report on his health condition.
This order was given when the case filed against former Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and two others for an alleged motor accident that took place in 2016 at Rajagiriya, was taken up before the Colombo High Court Judge Damith Thotawatta.
When the case was taken up before the open court yesterday, President’s Counsel Anuja Premaratne appearing for MP Ranawaka produced a medical report of his client and informed Court that MP Ranawaka is indisposed.Therefore, he would not appear before the court for the proceedings due to being hospitalized.
Senior Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Pieris appearing on behalf of the Attorney General strictly opposed MP Ranawaka’s medical report which was produced before Court. He said this was done to avoid court proceedings.
After considering the facts presented by the both parties, the Colombo High Court Judge observed the medical report more intently and the Judge maintained that the doctor who issued the medical report emphasized that it was written in his own handwriting and did not adequately explain the accused’s health and the conditions under which he was being treated.
Accordingly, Colombo High Court Judge Damith Thotawatte ordered the Colombo JMO to visit the private hospital where MP Ranawaka was receiving treatment to examine him and submit a proper report regarding his health condition. The case will be taken up again on January 21.
The Attorney General had filed an indictment before the High Court against former MP Patali Champika, his driver Thusith Dilum Kumara and ASP Sudath Asmadala over the hit-and-run accident at Rajagiriya in 2016.
Accordingly, the indictment was filed against former MP Patali Champika on charges of causing grievous injury to a youth named Sandeep Sampath while driving a vehicle in a reckless manner.
The indictment comprising 16 charges was filed against all three accused on charges of fabricating false evidence, conspiracy of fabricating evidence and submitting false reports to the Court.
The main charge is relating to conspiring and fabricating false evidence to claim that it was Dilum Thusith Kumara who was driving the vehicle which caused the accident and another charge relates to him allegedly conspiring to conceal evidence in order to protect MP Patali Champika from legal penalty.
ASP Sudath Asmadala was charged with producing a false report to the Colombo Magistrate’s Court in order to protect former MP Patali Champika from legal penalty.
President’s Counsels Anuja Premaratne and Anil Silva appeared for the defence.