SC rejects request for interim order preventing power cuts during A/L exam
Posted on February 3rd, 2023

Courtesy Ada Derana

The Supreme Court today (Feb. 03) rejected a request made by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) to issue an interim order preventing the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) from imposing power cuts during the ongoing 2022 G.C.E. Advanced Level examination.

A petition filed by the human rights group against the CEB and several other parties was taken up for consideration before Supreme Court’s three-judge bench consisting of Gamini Amarasekara, Kumudini Wickramasinghe and Shiran Gunaratne.

During the court proceedings, President’s Counsel Upul Jayasuriya, who appeared on behalf of the HRCSL, requested that the undertaking given by the CEB before the judge bench on Thursday (Feb. 02) that power cuts would not be imposed until today be extended.

However, attorney representing the CEB, President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva raised objections to the said request.

In response to the HRCSL’s request, Justice Gamini Amarasekara noted that the undertaking given by the CEB before the Supreme Court was only effective until the conclusion of the consideration of the petition today.

Accordingly, the request made by the HRCSL for an interim order preventing power cuts during the Advanced Level examination was rejected by the judge bench.

Subsequently, the petition was fixed for further consideration on February 07.

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