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FR against IGP fixed for support

A Fundamental Rights petition filed seeking an order to investigate and prosecute the Inspector General of Police under Section 294 of the Penal Code was fixed for support by the Supreme Court.

A Supreme Court two-judge-bench comprising Justice Buwaneka Aluvihare and Justice Preethi Padman Surasena fixed the petition for support on May 21.

This petition had been filed by businessman Janath S. Vidanage, the Managing Director of the Danata Travels and Tours (Pvt) Ltd naming IGP Pujith Jayasundara, former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and the Attorney General as respondents.

Senior State Counsel Indunil Punchihewa appearing for the Attorney General informed court that her Department has not taken a decision not to appear on behalf of other respondents including the IGP.

The petitioner seeks to challenge inter alia the persistent failure on the part of the Inspector General of Police to investigate and for failure to take appropriate steps to safeguard public security.

The petitioner stated that the petitioner as well as every citizen of this country is entitled to equal protection and the right to life even though the Sri Lanka’s Constitution does not expressly recognise the right to life but it is a right to live peacefully and harmlessly from any foreseeable threat that could have been avoided or controlled or at least minimised by the responsible authorities.

The petitioner stated that at least 359 people were killed including at least 37 foreign nationals and three police officers and at least 500 were injured during series of coordinated terrorist suicide bombings at three Christian Churches and three luxury hotels.

The IGP had received an intelligence memo warning about possible suicide bomb attacks on churches, other places of financial and economically vital places being planned by Mohammed Zaharan, the leader of an extremist National Islamist group called Thawheed Jamath.

Senior Counsel Gamini Perera with counsel Ravindranath Dabare and Ishara Gunawardena appeared for the petitioner.

Meanwhile, another Fundamental Rights petition had been filed by Saman Nandana Sirimanne, the father of late Medha Sathsarani Sirimanne, 21, and late Imesh Thiwanka Sirimanne, 19, who met an untimely death in the explosion that took place on the April 22, 2019 at the Shrine of St. Anthony’s Church, Kochchikade.

The petitioner stated that the petitioner as well as every citizen of this country is entitled for right of equality before the law and equal protection of the law as the Article 12 (1) of the Constitution of the republic as a Fundamental Rights. 

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FR against IGP fixed for support - (15:56)

A Fundamental Rights petition filed seeking an order to investigate and prosecute the Inspector General of Police under section 294 of the Penal Code was fixed for support by Supreme Court.

Supreme Court two-judge-bench comprising Justice Buwaneka Aluvihare and Justice Preethi Padman Surasena fixed the petition for support on May 21.

This petition had been filed by businessman Janath S. Vidanage, the Managing Director of the Danata Travels and Tours (pvt) Ltd naming IGP Pujith Jayasundara, former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and Attorney General as respondents.

Senior State Counsel Induni Punchihewa appearing for the Attorney General informed court that her Department has not taken decision not to appear on behalf of other respondents including IGP.

The petitioner seeks to challenge inter alia the persistent failure on the part of the Inspector General of Police to investigate and failure to take appropriate steps to safeguard the public security.


 

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