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FR petition on Easter attack

BASL seeks fuller SC bench

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) yesterday sought a fuller bench comprising more than five judges of the Supreme Court to hear a Fundamental Rights petition filed by five attorneys over the Easter Sunday attack.

Accordingly, the Supreme Court three-judge-bench comprising Justice Prasanna Jayawardena, Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya and Justice Preethi Padman Surasena fixed the petition to be heard on June 6 along with five other Fundamental Rights petitions filed over the Easter Sunday attack. Five attorneys representing the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) had filed a Fundamental Rights petition seeking a declaration that any person found interfering with or attempting to interfere with the anti-terrorism operations of the Police and the Armed Forces should be forthwith arrested and arraigned before the law or otherwise dealt with swiftly in terms of the law.

The Attorney General had already filed a motion seeking a fuller bench in respect of other petitions since these applications are of public importance. The request for a fuller bench will be referred to the Chief Justice. Meanwhile, President’s Counsel Shamil Perera appeared for Colombo Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith who has been named as a respondent in the petition.This petition had been filed by BASL President Kalinga N. Indatissa PC, BASL Deputy President Shavindra Fernando PC, BASL Secretary Kaushalya Nawaratne, BASL Treasurer Nalin Chandika De Silva and BASL Assistant Secretary Vishwa De Livera Tennekoon naming Defence Secretary Gen.S.H.S. Kottegoda (Retd), former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, IGP Pujith Jayasundara and the Cabinet of Ministers as respondents.

The petitioners further sought a declaration that special and sustained investigations and other related pre-emptive actions should be taken by any and all of the respondents in order to identify, locate, confiscate and prevent all funding and sources of funding being made accessible to terrorism and terrorists.

They further sought a declaration that special resources be allocated to enhancing the efficacy of the intelligence services of Sri Lanka and the training of personnel and also direct that co-operation in the form of intelligence sharing with other countries should be maximised.

The petitioners sought a declaration that the Fundamental Rights of the Petitioners as well as all persons and the citizens of Sri Lanka, as well as those of the victims of the Easter Sunday bombings and their families guaranteed by Articles 12(1), 14(1)(b), 14(1) (e), 12(2), 10 and 14(1)(g) of the Constitution have been infringed by the respondents.

President’s Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena, and Counsels Erosha Kalidasa, Dilumi de Silva, Kaushalya Molligoda, Kethmini Dharmasena and Manishka Dissanayake under the instruction of Asoka Nivunhella appeared for the petitioners.


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