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Ex- President and PM given further time to file objections over petitions

 

The Supreme Court today granted further time till June 16 for former President Maithripala Sirisena and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to file objections against the Fundamental Rights petitions filed over the Easter Sunday attacks.  

When the 12 Fundamental Rights petitions were came up before Supreme Court three-judge-bench, President's Counsel Faiszer Musthapha with counsel Pulasthi Rupasinghe appearing for former President Maithripala Sirisena informed court that some parties are yet to serve notices on their client. 

Taking into consideration the facts, Supreme Court three-judge-bench comprising Justice Buwaneka Aluwihare, Justice S. Thurairaja and Justice Gamini Amarasekara directed to serve notices on the respondents before May 22. 

The petitions are to be mentioned on May 27 to ascertain weather the relevant papers were served on the parties. The respondent parties were directed to file their objections before June 16 and petitioners were directed to file their counter objections before July 16. 

Twelve petitions were fixed for argument on September 2, 3 and 4. 

On a previous occasion, the Attorney General  informed Supreme Court that he would no longer represent two respondents former President Maithripala Sirisena and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe since they currently do not hold such positions.

 On October 2, 2019, Supreme Court decided to grant leave to proceed in terms of Article 12(1) of the constitution in respect of former President Maithripala Sirisena and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando.   

 Through these petitions, petitioners including Sri Lanka Bar Association are pleading an order to prosecute those who were directly or indirectly responsible for terrorist attacks.   

The Chief Justice had nominated a fuller bench comprising seven judges of the Supreme Court to hear the Fundamental Rights petitions filed over the Easter Sunday attack. 

 Through these petitions, petitioners are pleading an order to prosecute those who directly or indirectly responsible for terrorist attacks. They are also claiming compensations for the victims of the terrorist attacks. 

 President’s Counsel Faize Mustafa, Manohara de Silva PC, Saliya Peiris PC, Sanjeewa Jayawardena PC, Senior Counsel Gamini Perera, Darshana Weraduwage and Chrishmal Warnasuriya appeared for the petitioners.   

Additional Solicitor General Farzana Jameel with Deputy Solicitor General Nerin Pulle appeared for the Attorney General. Senior Counsel Viran Corea appeared for the IGP. President’s Counsel Anuja Premaratne appeared for former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando.  


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