Gotabhaya Rajapaksa seeks court assistance to prevent action being taken against him

The petition filed at the Court of Appeal, seeking an order to prevent action being taken against Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, under the Public Property Act, was taken up for consideration yesterday, November 28.

According to the petition, he had presented facts to court under the Public Property Act, charging that public funds had been misappropriated for the construction of the D.A. Rajapaksa Memorial Museum.

The museum had been constructed as per an agreement reached between the D.A. Rajapaksa Foundation and the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation.

Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara, Member of the Collective of National Organisations, expressing his thoughts, stated that if any injustice is caused to Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the hundreds of thousands retired servicemen and the general public will be moved to the streets. He further said that the government must be prepared for the consequences.

A certificate certifying the funds of those that came under the Public Property Act and requests to  court to issue a writ of mandamus quashing that certification, was produced to court by an Assistant Superintendent of Police,  said the petitioner.

The Bench comprising Chairman of the Court of Appeal L.T.B. Dehideniya and Justice Shiran Gooneratne, reserved for today, whether to issue a writ of mandamus,  as requested in the petition.

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