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Special High Court to trap thieves will be operative from this week

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 16, 2018 19:18

Special High Court to trap thieves will be operative from this week

The three judge special High Court which will take up serious financial fraud and corruption cases due to commence work within this week.

It is reported that the first case in this Special High Court is slated to be filed against former Presidential Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath and former Managing Director of the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Piyadasa Kudabalage.

The amended Bill for the establishment of the Special High Court was approved in the Legislature on the 09th of May this year. It was signed by the Speaker on the 18th of May.

Accordingly action was recently taken to establish this three member Special High Court. The Court Complex for this purpose was inspected by officials of the Justice Ministry. High Courts are vested with the powers of hearing crime coming under the Penal Code.

However, noteworthy is that this special High Court will draw its attention to considering case concerning property linked to the Penal Code. This Court has been vested with the powers of hearing serious fraud and corruption cases such as public property and the misuse of funds. It is the view of the majority that would help in nabbing rouges who had committed such crimes engaging in politics.

Accordingly the former Presidential Chief of Staff and the former Managing Director of the Insurance Corporation as accused of misusing a sum of four billion rupees of Government funds. They are accused of misusing a sum of 18.5 million rupees allocated for the construction of the Kollupitiya Grand Hyde Hotel Project by a company affiliated to the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 16, 2018 19:18