SC fixes dates for argument of FR violation petitions against former Prez, PM, IGP et al Failure to prevent Easter Sunday carnage:
Posted on May 12th, 2020

By A.J.A. Abeynayake  Courtesy The Island

The Supreme Court, yesterday, fixed Sept 2, 3, and 4 for argument as regards the 12 petitions filed against former President Maithripala Sirisena, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, former IGP Pujith Jayasundera and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando for their failure to take action to prevent the Easter Sunday bomb attacks despite repeated advance intelligence warnings.

The Supreme Court granted further time till June 16 for former President Sirisena and former Prime Minister Wickremasinghe to file objections against the fundamental rights violation petitions filed over the Easter Sunday attacks.

The dates were fixed when twelve fundamental Rrights violation petitions came up before a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justice Buwaneka Aluwihare, Justice S. Thurairaja and Justice Gamini Amarasekara.

President’s Counsel Faiszer Musthapha with Counsel Pulasthi Rupasinghe appearing for former President Sirisena informed court that some parties were yet to serve notices on their client.

Taking into consideration the facts, the Supreme Court three-judge-bench ordered that notices be served on the respondents, before May 22.

The petitions are to be mentioned on May 27 to ascertain whether the relevant papers were served on the parties. The respondent parties were directed to file their objections before June 16 and petitioners were directed to file their counter objections before July 16.

Twelve petitions were fixed for argument on September 2, 3 and 4.

The court ordered the Attorney general and other parties to make written submissions in this regard before July 30.

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