The Attorney General’s Office has requested the Court to continue the trial over the alleged bond scam committed in 2015 without the prime suspects to the case, as the case was taken up before the Colombo Special High Court today (13).
The case was taken up before Special High Court Bench comprising Justices Champa Janaki Rajaratna, Damith Thotawatta and Namal Balalle
Additional Solicitor General Prayintha Navana appearing for the AG’s Office requested the Court to continue the hearing without former CBSL Governor Arjun Mahendran and Ajahan Gardia Punchihewa, a director of Perpetual Treasuries Ltd, who are cited as defendants to the case.
This request has been made in the event that the two suspects are abroad and have not yet been arrested to be produced before Court. The Additional Solicitor General has informed that that information has been received that Mahendran is residing in Singapore, due to which an extradition process may have to be followed with the Singaporean government to deport him back to Sri Lanka. The trial should be continued with the evidence being produced before Court and without the presence of the accused, in the event that it may consume further time to complete the extradition process, he noted.
Accordingly, the Bench adjourned the hearing till December 03, ordering that the hearing of evidence be produced on the next trial date. The Bench also directed the AG’s Office to inform the Court through a motion whether there is any progress in the extradition process.