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Govt's decision to re-impose of liquor ban on women; petition fixed for inquiry

Four Fundamental Rights petitions filed by several social activists including popular actress Samanalee Fonseka seeking an interim order to suspend the re-impose of liquor ban on women by the gazette notification dated January 18, 2018 was today fixed for inquiry by Supreme Court.

Supreme Court three-judge-bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya and Justice S. Thurairaja fixed the matters for inquiry on February 16 next year.

At a previous occasion, the Supreme Court had granted leave to proceed with these four Fundamental Rights petitions under Article 12(1), 12(2), 14(1)(g) of the constitution.

The petitioners had also sought a declare that Ministry of Finance or the State are not entitled in Law to revoke the  Excise  Notification in a manner which prevents  female  person  from  lawfully  being employed  at  a place of production and sale of liquor.

The petitioners cited former Minister of Finance and Mass  Media Mangala Samaraweera, then Ministry Secretary Dr. R. H. S  Samaratunga and Attorney General as respondents.
The Petitioners state that by Excise Notification No.02/2018 dated 10th  January 2018,  the Minister of Finance  has inter alia revised the Excise Notification No. 666 by  inter  alia  repealing  paragraphs  5(v)  and  11(c)  of  the  said  Excise  Notification  No. 666.

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