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Judgments 2023 – December

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2023-Dec-19 CA/RII/40/2023 Raguwan Sandanam Vs China Great Wall Hospital Private Limited and other Hon. D.N. Samarakoon, J.
2023-Dec-15 CA/WRIT/0473/22 Dr. D.P. Sriyani Nanayakkara and others Vs. Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena and others Hon. N. Bandula Karunarathna, J. (P/CA)
2023-Dec-15 CA/HCC/0365/17 Selladurai Thilakeswaram alias Sugun alias Karan alias Sudan Vs. The Attorney General Hon. P. Kumararatnam, J Section 27(1) of the Evidence Ordinance. Infirmities in the Judgment. The Firearm Ordinance and The Explosives Act.
2023-Dec-15 CA/WRIT/0421/22 Erampoo Rajasegaram and others Vs. Hon. Keheliya Rambukwella and others N. Bandula Karunarathna J. (P/CA)
2023-Dec-15 CA/WRT/0256/21 People’s Bank v. Minister of Labour and Others. Hon. Sobhitha Rajakaruna J. Reference to Arbitration, Statement of the Commissioner, Section 16 of the Industrial Disputes Act. Industrial Disputes Act No. 43 of 1950, People’s Bank Act No.29 of 1961, Payment of Gratuity Act No. 12 of 1983
2023-Dec-15 CA/WRT/0146/20 Samadhi Anuranga Gamlath Vs. Theshara Jayasinghe and others Hon.M. Ahsan R. Marikar, J.
2023-Dec-15 CA/WRIT/0054/2023 Dr. Marasinghe Wadige Shayamali Dhammika Marasinghe and others Vs. Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena and others Hon. N. Bandula Karunarathna, J. (P/CA)
2023-Dec-15 CA/WRT/0194/20 M. J. M. Ershad Vs. The Condominium Authority and others Hon.M. Sampath K. B. Wijeratne, J.
2023-Dec-15 CA/HCC /0041/2021 HennadigeAsantha Sanjeewa Fernando vs. Attorney General Hon.B. Sasi Mahendran, J. Possession and Trafficking, Probability and improbability were discussed regarding the evidence of prosecution. Section 54 A(d) and 54 A (b) of the Poisons, opium and Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, as amended by Act No 13 of 1984
2023-Dec-15 CA/HCC/0178/15 Ramanayakage Chaminda Kumara Vs. The Attorney General Hon. P. Kumararatnam, J Proof. The Penal Code.
2023-Dec-15 CA/WRIT/420/22 Aruma Baduge Dileepa Manori De Silva Amarasooriyaa and others Vs. Hon. Keheliya Rambukwella and others Hon. N. Bandula Karunarathna J. (P/CA)
2023-Dec-15 CA/BAL/0413/23 Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Vs. Prasangili Durayalage Kanchana Lakmali and others Hon. R. Gurusinghe J
2023-Dec-15 CA/BAL/0480/23 Hewapannilage Nihal Vs. Officer-in-Charge Police Narcotic Bureau Hon. R. Gurusinghe J.
2023-Dec-15 CA/WRIT/0422/22 Ananda Kumara Lamahewage and others Vs. Hon. Keheliya Rambukwella and others Hon. N. Bandula Karunarathna J. (P/CA)
2023-Dec-15 CA/WRT/0577/21 Unilever Sri Lanka Limited Vs B.K Prabath Chandrakeerthi and Others Hon.M. T. Mohammed Laffar J. Facts in dispute, Writ jurisdiction cannot be invoked, Laches in invoking Writ Jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal Article 140 of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
2023-Dec-15 CA/TAX/027/2021 Lanka IOC PLC, Vs Commissioner General of Inland Revenue, Department of Inland Revenue, Hon. D.N. Samarakoon, J.
2023-Dec-14 CA/CPA/0153/22 Hathagala Patabandige Chaminda Vs The Officer in Charge Police Station, Ambalantota and other Hon. Sampath B. Abayakoon, J Revisionary Jurisdiction – Suspended Sentence - Causing Mischief - House Trespass - Causing grievous hurt - Causing Hurt – Sentencing Order - Mitigatory Circumstances - Charge Sheet - Discretionary remedy of revision - Exceptional Circumstances The ConstitutionArticle 138 Code of Criminal Procedure Act Section 182, 436 Penal Code Sections 314, 317, 419, 433
2023-Dec-14 CA/WRT/403/2018 Samagitha Ratnaike Imperial Garden Apartments and others Vs R.P.A. Wimalaweera The Commissioner General of Labour and others Hon. Iddawala – J
2023-Dec-14 CA /WRIT/242/2022 Keerthirathne De Alwis Vs M.J. Gunasiri The Commissioner General of Excise and other Hon. Dhammika Ganepola, J.
2023-Dec-14 CA/HCC/0042/22 Kailasan Rajkumar v. Attorney General Hon. B. Sasi Mahendran, J Fair trial, Trial in Absentia, Justice A.R.B. Amarasinghe had to say in his work on Judicial Conduct Ethics and Responsibilities”, Attorney General v. Segulebbe Latheef and another 2008 1 SLR 245. Luwihare J in HattuwanPedigeGugath Karunaratne v. AG, SC Appeal 32/2020. Decided on 20.10.2020 Section 241(30 of the Criminal Procedure Code Section 4 (1)of the ICPR Act. Section 41 (1) of the Judicature Act
2023-Dec-14 CA/HCC/0411/18 K.Nimal Ariyaratne v. Attorney General Hon. B. Sasi Mahendran, J Dying Deposition, Ranasinghe v. Attorney General 2007 (1) SLR 218, Sisira de Abrew J. Section 296
2023-Dec-14 CA/HCC/0287/18 Dasanyaka Mudiyanselage Amal Dhammika v. Attorney General Hon. B. Sasi Mahendran, J Misdirection either the law or in the evidence- Macdonnel CJ in King v. Guneratne, Trustworthiness of the witness, Proposition of the Akbarr J in The King v. Fernando, 32 NLR 251 Section 296 and 32 of the penal code
2023-Dec-14 CA/HCC/0200-201/2018 Jagath Kumara Samarahewa and other Vs The Hon. Attorney General Hon. P. Kumararatnam, J. Essential witness. • Ingredience of the offence. • Fair Trial Penal Code, Public Property Act and Firearms Ordinance.
2023-Dec-14 CA/HCC/0245/19 Mohommed Faroo Mohommed Mustafa v. Attorney General Hon. B. Sasi Mahendran, J Unsound Mind, Dying Deposition, Procedure to follow with regarding to Unsound Mind People, What steps should be follow under the Criminal Procedure Code. Section 375 and 379 of the Code of Criminal Procedure Code.
2023-Dec-14 CA/HCC/106/106/2020 Thudugalage don Lasantha Niroshan and other vs. Attorney General Hon. B. Sasi Mahendran, J Common Intention, Murder, Dictum of Alles J in Richard’s Case and Sir Madhavan Nair in Mahubub Shab v. Emperor Section 296 and 32 of the Penal Code.
2023-Dec-14 CA/WRT/0510/21 R. V. S. P. Rajapaksha Vs. University of Peradeniya and others. Hon.Dhammika Ganepola, J.
2023-Dec-13 CA/HCC/297-301/14 Mohammed Subair Fauzool Avami Vs Hon. Attorney General Hon. N. Bandula Karunarathna J. P/CA , Hon.Sampath B. Abayakoon, J(Dissenting)
2023-Dec-13 CA/HCC/0129/18 Hettiarachchige Nimal Seneviratne Vs The Hon. Attorney General Hon.Sampath B. Abayakoon, J Murder - Lesser Culpability - Culpable homicide not amounting to murder- Sufficient Evidence –Knowledge - Essentially fatal injuries Penal Code Sections 293, 294, 296, 297
2023-Dec-13 CA-Writ-255/2021 Hetti Arachchi Wickramage Aken Thevnaka and Another Vs Francis Wellege, The Principal of Rahula College (Matara) and Others Hon. S.U.B. Karalliyadde, J. Admission of children to Grade 1 in Government schools, ‘children of residents within the proximity to the school’, material facts in dispute, recommendation of the Human Rights Commission, proprio vigour. Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Act, No. 21 of 1996, The Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka.
2023-Dec-13 CA/WRT/ 0126/2022 Lama Hewage Lohitha Wickramasinghe Vs The Hon. Attorney General P. Kumararatnam, J Intention. • Good faith. • Dock statement. Penal Code.
2023-Dec-13 CA/WRIT/170/2021 S. W. P. P. A. Chintha Lalani Rajapaksha Senevirathna and Another Vs Hon. Minister of Lands, Minuwangoda Urban Council and Others. Hon. Sobhitha Rajakaruna J. Deed of Assignment, Urban Council, Divesting of Land Land Acquisition Act No. 09 of 1950
2023-Dec-13 CA/ HCC 398/2019 Henpitage Dharma Sri Pushpakumara Vs . Attorney General Hon. B. Sasi Mahendran, J possession and trafficking of drugs Heroin Morphine the inward journey of the productions chain of custody the chain linking the production Justice J.A.N De Silva (as he was then) in Perera v Attorney General 1998 (1) SLR page 379 In Faiza Hanoon Yoosuf v. Attorney General CA/121/002 decided on 22.11.2010 Justice Sisira de Abrew in Witharana Doli Nona v. The Republic of Sri Lanka, CA 19/99, In CA 99-101/96 Decided on 12.11.1997 Section 54A(d) and 54A(b) of the Poisons, Opium and Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, as amended by Act No. 13 of 1984.
2023-Dec-13 CA/ HCC 281-822/19 Buddhika Nandana Paranawithana and One other Vs Hon. Attorney General Hon. B. Sasi Mahendran, J possession and trafficking of drugs Heroin joint possession requisite knowledge Lord Wilberforce in Warner v. Metropolitan Police Commissioner (1968) 52 Criminal Appeal Report 373. Section 54A(d) and 54A(b) of the Poisons, Opium and Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, as amended by Act No. 13 of 1984.
2023-Dec-13 CA/HCC/0009/18 Peduruhakuru Nikshan Gunasekara alias Uduwilahewage Nikshan Gunasekara Vs Hon. Attorney General Hon. Menaka Wijesundera J. Delay in making the 1st complaint. Improbability of the prosecution story. 365 of the Penal Code
2023-Dec-12 CA/CA/WRT/95/20 Ceylinco General Insurance Limited Vs Commissioner General of Labour and 04 others Hon. Wickum A. Kaluarachchi, J. Application of Section 13 of the Gratuity Act. -Jurisdiction of the Labour Tribunal to consider the issue of forfeiture of gratuity. -Whether the Commissioner of Labour has jurisdiction to determine issues regarding forfeiture of gratuity. -Types of termination of employment. -Resignation is also a type of termination. -Gratuity entitlement for a termination of employment due to fraud or misappropriation. -Ultra Vires Article 140 of the Constitution. -Section 13 of the Gratuity Act. -Section 31 (B) (1) of the Industrial Dispute Act.
2023-Dec-12 CA-Writ-71/2019 Stassen Exports (Pvt) Ltd. Vs The Commissioner General of Inland Revenue and 11 Others Hon. S.U.B. Karalliyadde, J. Income Tax Return, Statement of Tax Overpaid, Tax Settlement, Material Facts in Dispute, what is not forbidden is permissible in procedural law, Presumption of Validity, Ultra Vires, Article 140 of the Constitution, Futile Application. Inland Revenue Act, No. 10 of 2006 (as amended), Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
2023-Dec-12 CA/HCC/ 0174/2020 Gajanayaka Pathirage Ranjith Kumara alias Ali Kumara Vs The Hon. Attorney General P. Kumararatnam, J. • Probability Penal Code.
2023-Dec-12 CA/HCC/0084/21 Damballage Buddhika Wimalarathna Vs The Hon. Attorney- General Hon.Sampath B. Abayakoon, J Rape – Suspended Sentences – Credibility and probability of prosecutrix’s evidence- Cross-Examination - No Injuries – Consent – Corroboration - Dock Statement –Demeanour and deportment – Attendant Circumstances – Sufficient circumstantial evidence Penal Code Section 364(1) as amended by Penal Code (Amendment) Act No. 22 of 1995 Penal CodeSection363explanation (ii) Evidence OrdinanceSections 32, 157,165
2023-Dec-12 CA/WRIT/465/2022 Capital Trust Holdings Limited and Another Vs Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka and Another Hon. Sobhitha Rajakaruna J. Rules of Natural Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Stock Market, Wash Trades, Margin Calls, Instituting Criminal Proceedings, Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka Act No.36 of 1987 Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka Act, No. 19 of 2021
2023-Dec-11 CA/Wakf/01/2019 M. K. M. Ramzi & Another Vs M. R. M. Malik and Others Hon. M. T. Mohammed Laffar J. Appeal, District Court, Notice of Appeal, Civil Procedure Code Civil Procedure Code Muslim Mosques And Charitable Trusts Or Wakfs Act (No. 51 of 1956)
2023-Dec-11 CA/Writ/157/2022 K. G. Ranjith Samarakoon Vs The Director General and Others Hon. Dhammika Ganepola, J. Breach of statutory duty, scope of a mandatory order, error of facts Forest Ordinance
2023-Dec-08 CA/HCC/0172/2020 Kotagala Dhammarathana Vs The Hon. Attorney General Hon. P. Kumararatnam, J. Consent. • Medical Evidence. • Sentence. • Ellenborough Dictum. The Penal Code.
2023-Dec-08 CA(PHC)APN 0120/23 Welhenage Wimalasiri Vs The Hon. Attorney General Hon. P. Kumararatnam, J. Bail Pending. • Exceptional Circumstances The Penal Code and the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
2023-Dec-08 CA/WRT/575/21 Sulochana Constructions (Pvt) Ltd Vs Janatha Estate Development Board and 03 Others Hon. Wickum A. Kaluarachchi, J. -Locus Standi. -Functions of administrative nature could be reviewed by a writ application. -Source of power under review. -Legitimate expectations. -Test to determine whether an expectation is legitimate. -Article 140 of the Constitution.
2023-Dec-07 CA/WRT/0389/2021 Ven. Lelwala Ariyadhamma Thero Vs University of Kelaniya and others Hon.MOHAMMED LAFFAR, J.
2023-Dec-07 CA/Writ/460/21 G. A. K. Jeewani Anuruddhika Vs. National Housing Development Authority and Others Hon. Dhammika Ganepola, J. Retrospective effect, Legitimate expectation, Ministerial act. National Housing Development Authority Act No.17 of 1979.
2023-Dec-07 CA/HCC/0219/20 Thureiretinam Balakumar alias Thureirathnam Balakumar v. Attorney General Hon. B. Sasi Mahendran, J Abduction, rape, corroboration of evidence, leading question by the prosecution, which tarnish the credibility of the witness Section 354 of the Penal Code, Section 364 (2) (e) of the Penal Code. Section 142 and 143(2) of the Evidence Ordinance
2023-Dec-06 CA/WRT/313/2021 C.J. Ranasinghe Vs Commander of Sri Lanka Navy and four others Hon. S.U.B. Karalliyadde, J. Section 122 of the Navy Act, Summary Trial, writ jurisdiction, judicial review, discretionary power on the President, distinction between the review and appeal. Navy Act, No. 33 of 1976 as amended, Constitution of the Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka.
2023-Dec-06 CA/HCC/0095/18 The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Vs Hussain Farook Mohomad Ziyam and other Hon. Menaka Wijesundera J. Improbability of the prosecution story Penal Code
2023-Dec-06 CA/HCC/0044/2022 Ranasinghe Arachchige Don Subashini Vs The Attorney General Hon. P. Kumararatnam, J. • Chain of Custody. • Beyond Reasonable Doubt. The Poisons, Opium and Dangerous Drugs Ordinance as amended by Act No.41 of 2022.
2023-Dec-06 CA/WRT/0091/2021 Mahauduwage Don Nirosha Nilmini Perera, Vs C.D Wickramarathne, and others Hon. M. T. MOHAMMED LAFFAR, J.
2023-Dec-06 WRT/0479/2023 Nadun Chinthaka Wickramaratne (alias Harak Kataa), ‘Erandi Vs S.H.S. Thusitha Kahagalle, Inspector of Police And others Hon. M.C.B.S. Morais J
2023-Dec-05 CA/WRT/289/19 Maharagama Urban Council and others Vs Assistant Labour Commissioner. District Labour Office, Maharagama and others Hon.Wickum A. Kaluarachchi, J. Issue of maintainability of the writ application. -Certificate under Section 38(2) of the Employees Provident Fund Act. -Not choosing the option of challenging the correctness of the certificate in a proper forum. -Waiving off of the right to challenge a certificate under Section 38(2) of the Employees Provident Fund Act. -Correctness of any statement in a certificate under Section 38(2) cannot be challenged in the Magistrate’s Court proceedings. -Laches. -Abuse of the process of law. -Article 140 of the Constitution. -Section 38 (2) and 38 (3) of the Employees Provident Fund Act No. 15 of 1958.
2023-Dec-05 CA/WRIT/24/2020 R.M. Sanath C de Silva vs. National Insurance Trust Fund Board Hon. Sobhitha Rajakaruna J. interdiction, retirement, probation, Natural Justice Regulation of Insurance Industry Act No. 43 of 2000 National Insurance Trust Fund Act No. 28 of 2006
2023-Dec-05 CA HCC/227-229/16 Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Vs Abeywickramasinghe Gunawardena Sumith Chandana alias Susith Chandana and others Hon. Menaka Wijesundera J. Summing up of the trial judge Penal Code
2023-Dec-04 CA(PHC)APN 0013/22 Mahamalage Sunali Wathsala Jeewakumari Vs The Officer-in-Charge, Police Station, Chilaw and other P. Kumararatnam, J. Confiscation. • Necessary precaution. • Knowledge. The Mines and Minerals Act No. 33 of 1992.
2023-Dec-04 CA/CPA/163/22 Hon. Attorney General Vs Muttettuwage Manjula Prasanna Kumara Perera Hon. Sampath B. Abayakoon, J. Revisionary Jurisdiction – Dischargingan accusedinthe stage of the trial- Summons – Inability to serve the summons -Misappropriation- Exceptional Grounds -Postponement of the trial – Summons Report - Procedural Steps The Constitution Article 138 CodeofCriminal Procedure ActSections7, 200 Penal Code Section 386 Offences Against Public Property Act No. 12 Of 1982Section5(1) Administration of Justice LawSection 212
2023-Dec-04 CA/WRT/31/21 Mrs D.B. Siriwardana and others Vs Jayantha De Silva, Arbitrator, and others Hon. M. T. MOHAMMED LAFFAR, J
2023-Dec-01 PHC-0033-17 Hethumuni Titus Mendis Jayawardena Vs The Director General, Commissioner to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption P. Kumararatnam, J. Written Sanction. Interpretation. The Bribery Act
2023-Dec-01 CA/HCC/0045/22 Baddegama Ganithage Ranjith Jayantha Vs The Hon. Attorney- General Hon. Sampath B. Abayakoon, J. Murder – Burn Injuries - Jury Option - Procedural Defect – Due Procedure – Dying Declaration – Corroboration – Productions Penal Code Section 296 Code of Criminal Procedure Act Section 195 ee The Constitution Article 138 proviso Evidence Ordinance Section 32
2023-Dec-01 CA/WRIT/266/2021 Liyanage Champika Harendra Silva Vs W.M.M.B. Weerasekara, Registrar General and Others. Hon.Sobhitha Rajakaruna J. dissolution of marriage, some competent court, vinculo matrimonii, foreign court , divorce action irretrievable breakdown of marriage, fault based grounds for divorce Marriage Registration Ordinance No.19 of 1907 Civil Procedure Code Kandyan Marriage and Divorce Act No.44 of 1952 Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act No.13 of 1951