Supreme Court allows AG to file objections | Daily News
Petition challenging Hambantota Port lease:

Supreme Court allows AG to file objections

The Supreme Court yesterday (7) allowed the Attorney General to file objections against the petition challenging the lease of the Hambantota Port and 1500 acres of land surrounding it to the Chinese for a period of 99 years.

The Court ordered that the objections be filed within the next two weeks and the petition will be heard again on January 11.

Chief Justice Priyasath Dep and Supreme Court judges Buvenaka Aluvihare, Vijith Malalgoda sat on the Bench in the case.

Six persons including Gunadasa Amarasekara, Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Thera, Attorney-at-Law Kapila Gamage had lodged the petition naming the Prime Minister, Cabinet and the Attorney General as respondents in the case.

In their petition they pointed out that the Concession Agreement signed between the Sri Lankan officials and Chinese officials was different to the agreement which was approved by Cabinet.

They also pointed out that the leasing of 1500 acres of land to another country violated the basic rights of citizens of this country. The petitioners requested that the court annul the signed Concession Agreement.

Attorney at Law Manohara de Silva appeared on behalf of the petitioners on the advice of Attorney at Law Kapila Gamage whilst Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Rajaratnam appeared on behalf of the respondents. 


 

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