Former Chief Minister of the Eastern Province Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan has been indicted in the High Court of Batticaloa, for the murder of Joseph Pararajasinghem, TNA member of Parliament for Batticaloa District. The murder was committed on or about Dec. 5, 2005. There are seven accused in the indictment. Pillayan is the seventh. The trial has been fixed for Nov. 6, 7 and 17.
This was informed by the Attorney General in the Supreme Court when Pillaiyan’s Fundamental Rights Petition seeking a declaration directing the respondents not to object to the petitioner being enlarged on bail came up for hearing.
Senior State Counsel Sudharshana de Silva appeared for the Attorney General.
Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena, PC, who appeared for Pillayan told the court that his client had been in remand custody for 746 days. The petitioner has complained of arbitrary treatment and illegal detention by the CID and the police.
The Supreme Court said the fundamental rights petition might be called again on March 20, 2018 after the High Court deals with the trial.
The bench comprised Justice Sisira De Abrew, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena and Justice Vijith K. Malalgoda.