Writ petition requesting to arrest Kurunegala mayor fixed for Oct.9 | Daily News


 

Writ petition requesting to arrest Kurunegala mayor fixed for Oct.9

A writ petition filed by former Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Parliamentarian Namal Karunaratne seeking an order directing the Police to arrest Kurunegala mayor over the demolition of the King’s Court of King Buvanekabahu II was yesterday fixed for October 9 by the Court of Appeal.

It was revealed that the Court of Appeal has already issued an Interim Order staying the operation of arrest warrants issued by Kurunegala Magistrate’s Court against the mayor and four others over the incident.

Court of Appeal two-judge-bench comprising Justice (President) A.H.M.D. Nawaz and Justice Sobhitha Rajakaruna directed the petitioner to file an amended petition before September 30.

Filing this petition through counsel Sunil Watagala, the petitioner had named Acting IGP C.D. Wickramaratne, Headquarters Police Station OIC in Kurunegala Kapila Adikari, Director General of Archaeology Prof. Senarath Dissanayake, Kurunegala mayor Thushara Sanjeewa, the Kurunegala Municipal Council and the Attorney General as respondents in the petition.

The petitioner stated that in the middle of Kurunegala, there was an ancient King’s Court (Raja Sabhawa) said to have been built by King Buvanekabahu II, who reigned the Kurunegala Kingdom from 1293-1302.

The petitioner stated that to the best of his knowledge, the premises where the King’s Court lies had been leased to a private hotel, and due to public continuous agitation, the Department of Archaeology had identified the King’s Court as an ancient monument which needs to be preserved.

The petitioner stated that any monument lying or being found in Sri Lanka which dates or may reasonably be believed to date prior to March 2, 1815 is an ancient monument within the meaning of the Antiquities Ordinance.

He stated that on or about July 14, 2020, the fourth respondent, Kurunegala mayor, has demolished a part of the King’s Court, which is an ancient monument and antiquity within the meaning of the Antiquities Ordinance.

The petitioner stated that he had made a written complaint with Headquarters Police Station of Kurunegala that the Kurunegala mayor has committed an offence punishable under the Antiquities Ordinance. He complained that the police have failed to take any meaningful action regarding his complaint.

 


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