The Colombo Permanent High Court-at-Bar today decided to overrule preliminary objections raised by former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and six others in connection with the D. A. Rajapaksa Museum case.
While, overruling the preliminary objections raised by defence, the Trial-at-Bar bench comprising High Court Judges Sampath Abeykoon (President), Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne held that the Permanent High Court-at-Bar has jurisdiction to hear this case and thereby rejected the two preliminary objections raised by defence.
The Permanent High Court-at-Bar observed that Permanent High Court-at-Bar was established through the provisions of Judicature (Amendment) Act, No. 9 of 2018 and the indictments have been filed with the approval of the Chief Justice. The Court observed that this Court cannot dispute with a decision take by Chief Justice to file indictments in accordance with the Judicature Act.