The case filed by the Central Environment Authority under No. 29014/20 of the year 2019 against lawyer Chamindrani Kiriella in connection with a Hantana land has been officially closed based on the recommendations of the Attorney General’s Department. The closure took place in the Kandy Additional No. 2 Court yesterday (25).
Following the conclusion of the trial, lawyer Chamindrani Kiriella addressed the media, revealing that the case had been dismissed by the court due to a lack of evidence.
In her statement, Kiriella explained, “In 2019, the Central Environment Authority filed a case based on false allegations concerning a Hantana land that I own. Four years later, the Central Environment Authority, on the advice of the Attorney General’s Department, withdrew the case in the Honorable Court.”
She went on to clarify the land’s ownership history, saying, “This land is a property that my father purchased with private funds four decades ago. It had been privately owned for nearly a century before my father’s acquisition, and I later received it through a gift deed.”
Kiriella also alleged that the case was politically motivated, stating, “With the change of government in 2019, this case was initiated by the Central Environmental Authority with the intention of tarnishing my father, our family’s reputation, and for political retaliation. Four years later, the Attorney General’s Department promptly recommended the withdrawal of this unfounded case with false accusations.”
She emphasized the case’s alleged connection to her father’s political career, “My father is a prominent politician in the Kannura district. This case was filed to defame him, our family, and to exact political revenge. We intend to pursue maximum legal action against this slander in the future.”