For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Case is filed by the jounalist’s wife against the police
The judge in appeal court hearing the case of the disappearance of lankaenews journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda criticised the state counsellor for not filing the objections on behalf of the police.
State counsel was pleading for a postponement of proceedings of the case citing that the police officers needed more time for their submissions.
Saying that “this is an extremely important case”, the judge Ranjith De Silva said that he is reluctant to postpone the proceedings due to lack of preparations of the police department.
The counsel said the police had launched an investigation into the disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda. The judge said that it is not relevant to the current proceedings.
Adjourning the case until the 18th of January, the judge set an ultimatum for the state to file objections to the court.
The case filed by the journalist’s wife Sandhya Eknaligoda is against the Inspector General of Police and the officers in charge of Homagama and Koswatte police stations.