CJ nom­i­nates Seven-judge Bench to hear Pe­ti­tions

Easter Sun­day se­rial at­tacks on Churches & Ho­tels

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY S.S. SELVANAYAG­AM

Chief Jus­tice Jayan­tha Jaya­suriya has de­cided to nom­i­nate a seven-judge Bench to hear the fun­da­men­tal rights pe­ti­tions filed against In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (IGP) Pu­jith Jaya­sun­dera and for­mer De­fence Sec­re­tary Hemasiri Fer­nando for the al­leged fail­ure to act on the in­tel­li­gence in­for­ma­tion in re­spect of the Easter Sun­day Se­rial At­tacks on Churches & ho­tels on April 21, 2019. The case is to be taken up on July 12.

The pe­ti­tions yes­ter­day (6) came up be­fore the Bench com­pris­ing Jus­tices B.P. Alu­vi­hara, Sisira J. De Abrew. Of the nine pe­ti­tions that have been filed so far, five were taken up yes­ter­day.

Additional So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral Farzana Jameel with Deputy So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral Nerin Pulle and Se­nior State Coun­sel In­duni Punchi­hewa ap­peared for the At­tor­ney Gen­eral. Vi­ran Corea ap­peared for the re­spon­dent, the IGP and Anuja Pre­maratne ap­peared for the re­spon­dent the for­mer De­fence Sec­re­tary.

Gamini Per­era ap­peared for the Pe­ti­tion­ers Janath S.vi­dan­age who is the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of a Travel Com­pany as well as Sa­man Nan­dana Si­r­i­manne, the fa­ther of the de­ceased, Medha Sath­sarani Si­r­i­manne ( 21) and Imesh Thi­wanka Si­r­i­manne.

Saliya Peries PC ap­peared for

Rev. Fa­thers Ashok Stephan, Sarath Id­damal­goda and Sher­ard Jayawardan­a.

Faiszer Musthapha PC with Razik Za­rook PC, Faiza Markar, Faris Sally, He­jaz His­bul­lah and M. Mehran Ca­reem ap­peared for the pe­ti­tioner Hilmy Ahamed.

San­jeeva Jayawar­dena PC ap­peared for BASL.

The At­tor­ney Gen­eral had, on May 3, de­clined to ap­pear for IGP Pu­jith Jaya­sun­dara and DIG of the Spe­cial Se­cu­rity Divi­sion Priyalal Dasanayake in the fun­da­men­tal rights pe­ti­tion be­fore the Supreme Court, de­spite the re­quest made by the Di­rec­tor of the Po­lice Le­gal Divi­sion.

Pe­ti­tion­ers claim the in­ac­tion/ ac­tions of the Re­spon­dents con­sti­tute Ex­ec­u­tive and Ad­min­is­tra­tive Ac­tion.

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