The Court of Appeal today issued an order quashing the case filed against High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya in the Nugegoda Magistrates’ Court on instructions from the Attorney General.
The court also issued another order quashing the Attorney General’s decision to appoint High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya as a suspect in the case in question.
The order was issued by a bench of judges composed of Justices Sobitha Rajakaruna and Dhammika Ganepola, rendering the verdict in the motion for brief filed by the High Court judge.
Following the incident involving the controversial audio recordings of former lawmaker Ranjan Ramanayake’s phone conversation, the attorney general previously asked the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) to make submissions to the Magistrate’s Court in Nugegoda and obtain an arrest warrant against High Court Judge Gihan Pilapitiya.
As a result, the CCD reported facts to the Nugegoda court against the High Court judge, while after reviewing the information, the magistrate sent a notice to judge HC to appear in court.
However, the High Court judge subsequently filed a lawsuit seeking a court order declaring the indictment filed against him in the Nugegoda Magistrates’ Court by the police and the opinion issued by the magistrate as illegal and make an order invalidating them.