The 1st and 2nd Petitioners were engaged in carpentry work at Arijapala’s residence in Bullers Lane between 02 and 08 April. The 3rd, 4th
and 5th Petitioners were arrested by the Police when they visited the Corona’s Court at the General Hospital Colombo on 21 April 1990 to see the 1st aid 2nd Petitioners who had been arrested by the Police and produced before the Coroner to give evidence at the inquest. The 3rd to 5th Petitioners were detained by the Police and so deprived of their liberty from 11.30 a.m. The 3rd respondent assaulted the first two Petitioners and threatened them and wanted them to implicate Ariyapala’s son Indika as having driven the jeep. In view of the assaults they made the statement On 22 April 1990 they were released. On the basis of the evidence led at the inquest the Police obtained an order from the Coroner to arrest the driver Weeraratne and Indika Ariyapala. The 2nd and 3rd respondents denied the allegations that the 1st and 2nd Petitioners were detained or subjected to torture by the Police.
the judgement was against to the public officer and relief granted as included and Compensation ordered against State and Public Officers concerned for illegal arrest.