When face d with a charge usually thye defendent has to say guilty or not guilty. However former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake delivered a dusra when she said that she was not in a position to plead guilty or not guilty when the case filed by the Bribery Commission was heard in the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court.
Shirani Bandaranayake said that her lawyers were not allowed adequate access to the bank accounts on which the case was based.
State Counsel Dilan Ratnayake said that the case was fixed to present charges and thereafter for Ms. Bandaranayaka to either plead guilty or not guilty her counsel Nalin Ladduwahetty objected to the move.
Ladduwahetty said that the NDB Bank had not allowed full access to the data on the two bank accounts and the court order had been ignored.
Ladduwahetty ponted out that as full access to data was not possible Shirani Bandaranayake was not able to either plead guilty or not guilty .
Counsel Kalinga Indatissa who represented the NDB Bank said that full access to the data was not possible and only partial acess could be allowed.
The Magistrate ordered the bank to submit a report reasoning out why it could not provide full access to required data.