|Ex-CJ in the dock
During the hearing which took heated turns at times, the ousted Chief Justice stood in the dock reserved for suspects and watched the entire proceeding.
The hearing was postponed twice during the morning session, and thereafter the Magistrate postponed the inquiry again for 2 pm in the afternoon, after the legal team representing the former Chief Justice flatly refused to enter a plea of either guilty or not guilty.
|Matter of access and procedure
Nalin Laduwahetty PC: There were two Gestapo type officers who had said they were from the Bribery Commission during all four days we went to access the computers. The bank only gave what they wanted to give us and each time it was after the documents were shown to these officers.
Magistrate: But you have to enter a plea, either guilty or not guilty.
Laduwahetty PC: I can’t because we were not given full access to the computers, if we were given full access we would have.
Magistrate: This situation has never arisen before in this court and during my entire judicial career. There is a procedure you must follow and it is the regular procedure for everyone. There can’t be any extraordinary process.