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Ali Roshan, six others released

While accepting preliminary objections raised by defence, Colombo Permanent High Court yesterday ordered to release Samarappulige Niraj Roshan alias Ali Roshan and six others from the case filed against them for allegedly keeping four elephants in their possession without valid permits.

The Trial-at-Bar Bench comprising High Court Judges Sampath Abeykoon (President), Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne decided to reject the indictments filed by Attorney General citing that the Permanent High Court has no jurisdiction to hear this case.

The defence contended that Permanent High Court has no jurisdiction to hear this case since it had been filed under Section 27 of Fauna and Flora Ordinance and section 5(3) of the Public Property Act.

However, the Permanent High Court observed that the magisterial inquiry against the accused will be continued and they will have to abide by the bail conditions imposed by Magistrate’s court. Meanwhile, Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara appearing for the Attorney General informed court that the Attorney General would file fresh indictments against accused in another High Court. At a previous occasion, the court had served indictments on seven accused including two wildlife officers.

The Attorney General had filed indictments against Samarappulige Niraj Roshan, Wildlife Officers Upali Padmasiri and Priyanka Sanjeewani, Gihan Dhammika, Chandana Kumara, S. Gamlath and Gamage Jayalath for conspiring to possess four elephants without permits between June 5, 2012 and August 31, 2015.

They have been charged under 24 counts for violating the provisions of Fauna and Flora Ordinance and Public Property Act.

It is alleged that the first accused Samarappulige Niraj Roshan alias Ali Roshan was the mastermind behind the racket where illegally caught wild elephant calves being sold to third parties.

The Attorney General has listed 15 items as production items and named 30 individuals including two veterinary surgeons of the Wildlife Department and two professors of the Peradeniya University Veterinary Department as witnesses.

Senior State Counsel Janaka Bandara appeared for the Attorney General.

President’s Counsel Anuja Premaratne with counsel Ajith Pathirana appeared for the defence.


Special HC orders release of Ali Roshan [Time 12.41] 

The Permanent High Court for Trial-at-Bar has released Niraj Roshan alias ‘Ali Roshan’ and six others claiming that it has no jurisdiction to hear cases on possession of elephants.

The Criminal Investigations Department arrested notorious elephant racketeer Niraj Roshan alias ‘Ali Roshan,’ on September 7th, 2018.


 

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