His Excellency the President recently visited the BASL secretariat at Hulftsdorp for the occasion of  handing over a cash grant to Sandiya Ekneligoda, wife of missing journalist Prageeth Ekneligoda  held at  the  H. W. Jayewardena QC  Auditorium. The cash grant was offered by the immediate past president of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka Upul Jayasuriya, who received a special award by the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association for his services to protect the rule of law in the country. This has been a memorable event to the entire legal fraternity as this was the first time ever in the history a head of state visited the BASL Secretariat.