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* Sri Lanka Marxist party goes to court against the take over of local governing body
Tue, Mar 9, 2010, 07:20 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna today filed a case before the Supreme Court against what the party termed as a forceful take over of the Tissamaharama local governing body (Pradeshiya Sabha).

A team comprising JVP Hambantota District parliamentarian Nihal Galappaththi filed the case, which was handed over to courts by attorneys Sunil Watagala and Manjula Balasuriya.

After handing over the petition, Galappaththi told the media that the JVP was elected to manage the Tissamaharama local governing body since 2002 and it was the only local government body to have overcome corruption and other frauds.

"We have now filed a case before the Supreme Court seeking justice in the matter and to get the party's chairman of the local governing body reinstated," he said.

Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijelal Silva, head of the committee of inquiry and the secretary of the Tissamaharama local governing body have been named as respondents in the case.

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