BASL mulls Court of Appeal refusal of its intervening petitionView(s):
By Wasantha Ramanayake
The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) is still undecided on future action, following the Court of Appeal refusal to allow the BASL’s intervening petition in the Contempt of Court proceedings against Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, BASL Secretary Sanjaya Gamage told the Sunday Times.
The refusal of BASL’s intervening petition would, however, not affect the main application filed by seven senior lawyers, initiating the Contempt of Court action against the Minister, Mr. Gamage said.
The Court of Appeal on Wednesday delivering the order, whether to allow the parties to intervene in the contempt proceedings, refused intervention of four petitions including that of the BASL, Akkaraipattu and Kalmunai Bar Association and Mannar Al-Ashak Fisheries Cooperative Society.
Court of Appeal President S. Sriskandarajah who had so far heard the case, declined to hear it any further, citing personal reasons. He referred the case to be mentioned before Justices Rohini Marasinghe and Deepali Wijesundere on February 22.
Seven senior lawyers including Geofferey Alagaratnam P.C., A.S.M. Perera P.C., Dr Sunil Cooray, Lal Wijayanayake, Chandrapala Kumarage, Mannar Bar Association President E.C. Feldano and Galle Law Association President Nalani Kamalika Manatunga filed the petition in the Court of Appeal, seeking to initiate contempt proceedings against the Minister for allegedly threatening the Mannar Magistrate on July 18, last year.
The BASL filed a petition to intervene in the case filed by the seven lawyers, supporting the call for the Minister to be punished for allegedly intimidating the Mannar Magistrate.
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