MR, four others ordered to file answers

The Colombo Commercial High Court yesterday ordered five defendants including former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to file their answers regarding a lawsuit.
The case was filed in connection with defaulting Rs.142 million owed to the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) by utilizing their buses to transport supporters to election rallies of the former President, during the 2015 Presidential election campaign.
The Colombo Commercial High Court granted further time until July 4 to file answers regarding the lawsuit. The Commercial High Court had decided to accept the amended petition filed by the plaintiff party, the SLTB regarding this incident.
At a previous occasion too, the plaintiff SLTB had decided to exclude Minister Susil Premajayantha and Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa from the defendant’s list.
According to the amended plaint, the SLTB named five UPFA 20015-presidential election committee members, including former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), election committee members Gamini Senarath and Amal Senadhilankara as respondents. The SLTB had earlier named seven parties including former SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha as defendants.
The plaintiff said the UPFA had hired buses from the SLTB for the January 8, 2015 Presidential Election rallies but had failed to settle the payments after obtaining the services. Counsel Athula de Silva appeared for the defendants.