Leave to proceed granted over case filed against MR & 38 others over economic crisis

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – The Supreme Court has granted leave to proceed over a case filed against former Presidents Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Mahinda Rajapaksa and 37 respondents calling for an investigation into financial mismanagement and the economic crisis.

The Supreme Court also ordered the Auditor General to submit a report on failing to maintain the Rupee at 203 against US Dollars and failing to seek assistance from the International Monetary Fund.

NewsRadio court correspondent said the fundamental rights petitions were filed seeking an immediate probe into those responsible for the bankruptcy of the country and the people, by arriving at reckless decisions without proper assessment.

The Supreme Court bench comprising of Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya and Justices Buwaneka Aluvihare, Priyantha Jayawardena, Vijith Malalgoda, and LT B. Dehideniaya accordingly granted leave to proceed after examining the petitions for several days.

The petition was filed by renowned Sri Lankan swimmer and Coach Julian Bolling, former Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Chandra Jayaratne and two others.

39 individuals including former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, former Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa, former Governors of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka WD Lakshman and Ajith Nivard Cabraal, the Monetary Board of the CBSL, and several others have been cited as respondents.

The petition also requested an interim injunction to be issued preventing them from leaving overseas.

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