(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – The Supreme Court today informed the Controller of Immigration and Immigration that the travel ban imposed on former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who were named as respondents in the fundamental rights petitions filed requesting an order to investigate the people responsible for the current economic crisis, is no longer in effect.
A five-member Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya issued this order when the relevant petition was called today.
The Supreme Court on 15 July 2022 issued an order preventing former Finance Ministers Mahinda Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa from traveling abroad without the permission of the court.
When the relevant petition was called today, President’s Counsel Navin Marapana, representing respondents Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa and Mr. Basil Rajapaksa presented the facts before the court and pointed out that the travel ban against his clients has not been extended since October 07 last year.
The President’s Counsel requested the court to issue an order informing the Immigration and Emigration Controller of this.
The Supreme Court accepted the request and ordered the Registrar of the Supreme Court to inform the Immigration and Emigration Controller that the travel ban issued to the two respondents is no longer in effect.