Kandy lawyers protest high-handed action of cops

Lawyers in Kandy have protested against the action of the Police last Wednesday for blocking the vehicle of a female lawyer and arresting a suspect for whom an anticipatory bail application was pending at the Gampola Magistrate’s courts.

The Attorney Ms. Chandrika Senaratne appeared for the respondent who made an application for anticipatory bail at the Gampola Magistrate’s Court. When they were returning from Court in a private van after they made the application, some police personnel from the Gampola Special Crime Investigation Bureau (SCIB) had obstructed their vehicle and forcibly took the respondent into their vehicle.
In the process the lawyer’s vehicle was allegedly damaged.

The attorney together with several lawyers had then made an official complaint to the Gampola Magistrate Viraj Ranatunga about the incident . The Gampola Police HQI was later summoned to court and told to advise the SCIB officers to avoid such unlawful behaviour in future.

The HQI had apologised on behalf of the SCIB and said that he will take steps to prevent such incidents.
Meanwhile the Kandy Bar Association president Kithsiri Seneviratne said he will be filing an official complaint to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka against the Gampola Police for taking a respondent forcibly from the vehicle of a lawyer who appeared on his behalf.

Attorney Ms. Senaratne with Sudath Masundeniya and W. Walagedera appeared for the respondent and said that anticipatory bail was granted on the next day.

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