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FR petition filed on behalf of bomb victims

The Supreme Court yesterday directed the petitioner who filed a FR petition on behalf of the bomb victims to serve notices on the respondents.

The respondents are IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando. The petitioner Saman Nandana Sirimanne is seeking an order to investigate and prosecute the Inspector General of Police and former Defence Secretary under the Penal Code.

Sirimanne, the father of Medha Sathsarani Sirimanne, (21) and Imesh Thiwanka Sirimanne (19) who died in the explosion that took place on the April 22, 2019 at the St. Anthony’s Church Shrine in Kochchikade filed this FR petition seeking an order to investigate and prosecute the IGP and the former Defence Secretary.

The petition came up before a Supreme Court three-judge-bench comprising Justice Prasanna Jayawardena, Justice Murdu Fernando and Justice E.A.G.A. Amarasekera.

Neither the IGP Pujith Jayasundara nor the former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando were represented by an attorney.

Counsel who represented the Attorney General informed court that his Department had taken a decision not to appear on behalf of the IGP and the former Defence Secretary. Accordingly, the petition was fixed for support on May 21.

The petitioner stated that late Medha Sathsarani Sirimanne, 21, was an undergraduate of the external programme in the Kelaniya University.The petitioner stated that his late son Imesh Thivanka Sirimanne aged 19 was to sit for the GCE (A/L) examination in 2019. The petitioner stated that late Thathsarani and late Umesh had gone to the Shrine at St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade to pray for upcoming exams and obtain blessings.

Though they are both Buddhists, the Shrine of St. Anthony Church, Kochchikade was a preferred place for prayers not only for the Catholics but people of all religions.

The petitioner stated that his two children died due to the bomb blast leaving the petitioner to face the sudden and unexpected loss of both his children at the prime of their youth.

Sirimanne stated that every citizen of this country is entitled to the right of equality before the law and equal protection of the law under Article 12 (1) of the constitution of the republic as a Fundamental Right.

The petitioner seeks to challenge the persistent failure on the part of the Inspector General of Police and the former Defence Secretary to investigate and failure to take appropriate steps to safeguard the public security.

The petitioner stated that at least 359 people were killed including at least 37 foreign nationals and three police officers and at least 500 were injured during a series of coordinated terrorist suicide bombings at three Christian Churches and three star hotels.

The petitioner alleged that the respondents had received an intelligence memo warning about possible suicide bomb attacks on churches, other places of financial and economically vital places being planned by Mohammed Zahran, the leader of an extremist National Islamist group called National Thawheed Jamaath.

Senior Counsel Gamini Perera with counsel Ravindranath Dabare and Ishara Gunawardena appeared for the petitioner.


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