Warrant issued for the arrest of Former Governor of the Central Bank, Arjuna Mahendran

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The Permanent High Court at Bar today issued a warrant for arrest of the main suspect of the Bond Scam case, Former Governor of the Central Bank Arjuna Mahendran, to produce him before the court.

The three-judge bench comprising Special High Court Judges Sampath Abeykoon, Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne ordered that the arrest warrant be issued in the English language.

Additional Solicitor General Priyantha Nawana, appearing on behalf of the Attorney General, had recently requested the Special High Court to issue an arrest warrant at the earliest, to produce Mahendran before Court, as summons cannot be handed over to him.

On the 24th of July, the Special High Court ordered the Attorney General to submit an affidavit before the 9th of August, if there are any grounds for the request made to issue a warrant for the arrest of Mahendran, who is currently absconding the Court.

Accordingly, the three-judge bench has issued a warrant against the Former Central Bank Governor to arrest and produce him before the court.

In addition, the Additional Solicitor General had previously requested the Court to issue summons on the 10th defendant of the case, Ajahn Gardiye Punchihewa as he is currently living in Singapore absconding the Court.
The Special High Court called for a report on the summons issued for Punchihewa, to be submitted on the 4th of December.

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