PUCSL asked to make submission in rights | Daily News

PUCSL asked to make submission in rights

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has been directed to make its submission before the Supreme Court concerning the fundamental rights petition over the awarding of the Liquified Natural Gas tender to GCL Windforce in Kerawalapitiya.

Authoritative sources told the Daily News that the PUCSL is in receipt of a letter from the Attorney General’s department asking for the regulator to make its submissions before courts on September 19.

The petitioner in his application has declared that the respondent in this case had sought approval of the Cabinet of Ministers without obtaining the approval of PUCSL to grant the impugned tender which is a violation of the Electricity Act.

When the case was taken up before courts last week, the FR petition sought an interim order to prevent the respondents from all further proceedings on the construction of the 300 MW heavy fuel oil/natural gas fired plant at Kerawalapitiya.

It has also come to light that President Maithripala Sirisena had directed the Cabinet during a meeting to delay the final decision of awarding the controversial tender until the Supreme Court verdict was out. He had reportedly made this pronouncement upon considering the recommendations submitted by the National Procurement Commission. 

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