Gotabaya Rajapaksa, presidential candidate of the SLPP, is preparing to file a petition in the Supreme Court seeking to postpone the hearing case filed against him before the three-member Special High Court until the end of his political campaign reasoning that it would be vitally affecting image as a presidential candidate, sources said.
Attempts to defer so far failed
The case filed before the three-member Special High Court against Gotabaya Rajapaksa for allegedly misusing public funds of Rs. 33,900,000 over construction of D.A. Rajapaksa Memorial Museum will be taken up from October 15 onwards on a daily basis.
The petition filed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa claiming that the Special High Court has no jurisdiction to hear the case was denied by the Supreme Court on Wednesday (11).Another similar legal petition is due to be called before the Supreme Court on October 1, which may face the same fate, legal sources said.
Attempt to defer Case by posing Presidential Election as excuse
Accordingly, many attempts made over the year in postponing the case had failed. Nonetheless, this time, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is at an attempt to raise new trump by posing the coming Polls as excuse, according to sources.
Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said at a media briefing recently that the nominations for the presidential election could be called by October 15. Accordingly, it is the intention of Gotabaya Rajapaksa to postpone the hearing by convincing the Supreme Court to rule out that the political campaign would be severely disrupted by holding a daily trial.
Why afraid so much if innocent?
However, Gotabaya Rajapaksa would not have to work so hard to avoid the case if all the transactions were made legitimately in such a way that he could easily prove himself innocent, legal experts pointed out.
Had there been sufficient evidence to prove he is innocent, he would have been acquitted at the trial. This was how Gamini Senarath's case ended. However, there is serious suspicion as to why Gotabaya Rajapaksa is trying to avoid the case by paying legal fees several times the amount allocated for the hearing.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa's brother Mahinda Rajapaksa had also been accused of misusing Tsunami funds during the 2005 presidential election, however, the case was dismissed as he was elected president.