Court rejects NPC Secretary’s anticipatory bail application

Court rejects NPC Secretary’s anticipatory bail application

July 17, 2019   11:08 am

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The Colombo Fort Magistrate has rejected the anticipatory bail application by the Secretary of the National Police Commission (NPC) Saman Dissanayake requesting to release him on bail if he was arrested over the Avant-Garde floating armoury case.

The Colombo Fort Magistrate Ranga Dissanayake said that the court has no jurisdiction to grant bail to Dissanayake, who was named as a suspect in the Avant-Garde floating armoury case, as indictments are to be filed against him under the Firearms Ordinance.

The Attorney General, on the 5th of July, had instructed the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) to immediately arrest Chairman of Avant-Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd Nissanka Senadhipathi and 7 others including the secretary of the NPC. The Acting IGP was further instructed to file charges against them under the Firearms Ordinance and to produce them before the court.

The Acting IGP has later directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to act on the instructions of the Attorney General.

On the 8th of July, the secretary of the NPC had filed an anticipatory bail order seeking the Colombo Fort Magistrate to release him on bail if the CID arrests him over the Avant-Garde floating armoury case.

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