Ekneligoda habeas corpus case on Aug.23

The habeas corpus application filed by the wife of a Lanka e-news free lance journalist who went missing since 2010 was fixed for argument for the third time for August 23.

The petitioners Mrs. K.M.S.P. Ekneligoda and her two children cited DIG Nandana Manasinghe of CID, Homagama Police OIC, then IGP Mahinda Balasuriya and the Attorney General as respondents.

The petitioner is seeking the Court to direct the Police to produce Prageeth Ekneligoda who was allegedly kidnapped by unknown persons. The journalist had been receiving threatening telephone calls from unknown parties since he had supported Sarath Fonseka in his campaign in the Presidential Election. He had also openly commented critically on the political situation in the country.

The petitioners state that Ekneligoda had made several complaints to the Police regarding the threatening telephone calls on which no action has been taken so far.

The petitioners state that the journalist may be held unlawfully in custody with the knowledge of the 1st respondent. The petitioners said Ekneligoda was abducted while he was on his way home from Dambulla and was never seen since then.

The petitioners’ attorney Krishmal Warnakulasuriya with Aparajitha Ariyaratne said that though the petition was filed in February 2010 the respondents filed their objections only in January 2011.The case was taken up before Justice D.S.C. Lekamwasam and fixed for argument on August 23.

Court orders land be handed back to PS

By Hiran P. Jayasinghe

The Marawila Magistrate C. Kalansooriya ordered the land on which the ‘Naga Devale’ was illegally constructed be handed back to the Nattandiya Pradeshiya Sabha (PS). In this case the Chairman of the PS filed action against one Charles Fernando who had forcibly constructed the said devale on land belonging to the PS and prevented PS officials from entering its premises.

The bogus claimant it was charged, had even collected money from devotees to construct a devale where he claimed his son was said to be possessed with the spirit of a snake. Attorney Sarah Stanley counsel for the prosecution pointed out that both Buddhists and Christians in the area objected to the goings-on at the devale.

Further charges against the accused would be taken up later, she added.

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