Deputy Solicitor General Dilan Ratnayake appearing for the Attorney General raised objection to a defence application seeking Court’s permission for accused Udaya Gammanpila to travel to Italy between October 17 and November 4 to attend a function.
Defence Counsel for Gammanpila made the application before Colombo High Court Judge R. Gurusinghe hearing the case against Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila allegedly for misappropriation of Rs. 20 million when selling the shares of Digital Nominees to businessman Dhammika Perera. Earlier Gammanpila’s passport was impounded by Court.
Deputy Solicitor General Dilan Ratnayake submitted to Court that the application by the defiance cannot be considered at this juncture since court had unable to conclude recording evidence from Australian businessman Brian Shaddick, the key witness of the case. It would be unfair to the aggrieved party, if court allowed the accused to go abroad without concluding his evidence, who has come all the way from Australia.
High Court is to consider Gammanpila's request on next trial date. Deputy Solicitor General Dilan Ratnayake, with Senior State Counsel Nayana Seneviratne appeared for the Attorney General.
President’s Counsel Shavindra Fernando with Jayantha Weerasinghe PC appeared for MP Gammanpila.