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Twelve FR petitions filed over Easter Sunday attacks fixed for argument

Twelve Fundamental Rights petitions filed over Easter Sunday attacks were yesterday fixed for argument by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court seven-judge-Bench headed by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya fixed the petitions for argument on March 8, 9 and 10.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court yesterday allowed former Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne and former Navy Commander Piyal de Silva, to file objections against the petitions. They had been named as respondents in these petitions.

Counsel appearing for Wijegunawardena and Silva sought Court’s permission to file objections since the Attorney General has informed that he would no longer appear for the two respondents.

Accordingly, the court directed the two respondents to file their objections before February 8. The petitioners were directed to file their counter objections before February 15.

The Supreme Court seven-judge-bench comprised Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justice Buwaneka Aluwihare, Justice Sisira de Abrew, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena, Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya, Justice Murdu Fernando and Justice Preethi Padman Surasena.

At a previous occasion, the Attorney General had informed the Supreme Court that he would no longer represent two respondents former President Maithripala Sirisena and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe since they do not hold such positions.

On October 2, 2019, Supreme Court decided to grant leave to proceed in terms of Article 12(1) of the constitution in respect of former President Maithripala Sirisena and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando.

Through these petitions, petitioners including the Sri Lanka Bar Association are pleading an order to prosecute those who are directly or indirectly responsible for terrorist attacks.

The Chief Justice had nominated a fuller bench comprising seven judges of the Supreme Court to hear several Fundamental Rights petitions filed over the Easter Sunday attack.

Through these petitions, petitioners are pleading an order to prosecute those who are directly or indirectly responsible for terrorist attacks. They are also claiming compensation for the victims of the terrorist attacks.

President’s Counsel Faiz Mustafa, Manohara de Silva PC, Saliya Peiris PC, Sanjeewa Jayawardena PC, Senior Counsel Gamini Perera, Darshana Weraduwage and Chrishmal Warnasuriya appeared for the petitioners.

Additional Solicitor General Farzana Jameel with Deputy Solicitor General Nerin Pulle appeared for the Attorney General.

Senior Counsel Viran Corea appeared for the former IGP. President’s Counsel Anuja Premaratne appeared for former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando.