Gamini Senarath raises preliminary objections

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The order regarding the preliminary objections raised by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's Chief of Staff Gamini Sedara Senarath and three others was yesterday fixed for November 12 by the Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar. Defence counsel appearing on behalf of Gamini Senarath and the three others raised preliminary objections challenging the court's jurisdiction to hear this case. President's Counsel Ali Sabry appearing for Gamini Senarath submitted to court that the investigations pertaining to this case were not carried out as required by Chapter 11 of the Criminal Procedure Code. He further alleged that the first information regarding this incident was not before court. 'The first information has been provided by an unknown person. The investigations have been carried out in an unlawful manner, Sabry said. Meanwhile, the Trial-at-Bar bench comprising High Court Judges Sampath Abeykoon (President), Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne fixed the case for trial on November 12. Fourth witness Kalinga Indatissa, PC, was noticed to appear in court on the next trial date to give evidence. The accused are charged with illegally transferring Rs.500 million from Litro Gas to Canwill Holdings Pvt Limited. Four accused, former President Mahinda RajapaksaĆ¢??s Chief of Staff Gamini Sedara Senarath, former Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Managing Director Piyadasa Kudabalage, former Samurdhi Commissioner Neil Bandara Hapuwinna and Lasantha Bandara are currently on bail. The four accused have been charged under the Penal Code, the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and the Public Property Act.