CA to peruse report used to withdraw Karannagoda indictment

  • Instructs AG to present ‘confidential report’

BY Pamodi Waravita

The Court of Appeal yesterday (1) instructed Attorney General (AG) President’s Counsel Sanjay Rajaratnam to present the confidential report used to withdraw the indictment filed against former Navy Commander and Admiral of the Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda, to the court, today (2).

The AG had decided to withdraw the indictment against Karannagoda based on this confidential report.

Karannagoda was named as an accused in a case filed against a group of naval intelligence officers pertaining to the alleged enforced disappearance of 11 youths in Colombo in 2008 and 2009.

The aforementioned order was given yesterday when the writ petition filed by the relatives of the 11 youths was called up for hearing yesterday. The petition seeks to revoke the order given by the AG to withdraw the indictment against Karannagoda. The court will decide whether to proceed with the petition following the submission of the aforementioned report.

On 4 August, the AG informed the Colombo Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar not to, temporarily, proceed with the indictment against Karannagoda, as the Court of Appeal had, in connection with a writ petition filed by Karannagoda, issued an interim order, halting the hearing of the indictment filed against him. 

On 13 October, the AG again informed the Court of Appeal that the indictment against Karannagoda will not proceed when the writ petition filed by Karannagoda against naming him as an accused of this case was taken up before the Court of Appeal.

The parents of the 11 youths who were allegedly abducted and forcibly disappeared by a group of naval intelligence officers have also filed a complaint with the Commission to Investigate into Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) on 9 August against the AG.