Intervention petition filed against Riyaj’s writ petition | Daily News

Intervention petition filed against Riyaj’s writ petition

Rev. Fr. Lorenz Ramanayake has filed an intervention petition in the Court of Appeal against the writ petition filed by former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen's brother Riyaj Bathiudeen who had sought an order preventing police from arresting him in relation to the investigations connected with Easter Sunday attacks.
 
Through this intervention petition, Rev. Fr. Lorenz Ramanayake, the Director of Seth Sarana Caritas Colombo which functions under the direct aegis of Colombo Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith is seeking an order to dismiss Riyaj Bathiudeen’s writ petition in limine.
 

This intervention petition had been filed through President’s Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena, counsel Rukshan Senadheera and Manisha Dissanayake and the intevenient petitioner is further requesting court not to issue Interim Order in favour of Riyaj Bathiudeen.

The intervenient petitioner stated that at a media conference held on April 19, 2020, the Police Media Spokesman had categorically stated that the evidence had been elicited against the petitioner Riyaj Bathiudeen for his involvement in the Easter Sunday attacks. The petitioner said he got to know that the petitioner had been suddenly released from CID custody on September 29.

The intervenient petitioner stated that the release of petitioner was to the grave and anxious concern of as much as Police had previously stated publicly that there is damning evidence inextricably trying the petitioner to the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks.

The intervenient petitioner further said that the Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has already expressed his disapproval regarding the releasing of Riyaj Bathiudeen.

The intervenient petitioner further said that the due investigation must continue to its logical conclusion, without impediments.