Oct 18, Colombo: The Attorney General informed the Supreme Court today that the acquisition of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation under the authority of the Minister of Defense by a gazette notification is a constitutional act.
Additional Solicitor General Indika Demuni De Silva, appearing for the Attorney General, stated this when the fundamental rights petitions challenging the takeover of the Rupavahini Corporation by the President under the Defense Ministry was taken up for hearing today.
The petition has been filed by Ven. Dambara Amila Thera, Prof. Chandraguptha Thenuwara and MP Ashu Marasinghe.
The Additional Solicitor General stated that the President has powers to decide matters pertaining to the ministries under his authority including the Ministry of Defense in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.
Accordingly, the three member panel of judges headed by Justice Buwaneka Aluvihare today directed that the petition be considered further on 28th October.
The petitioners stated in the petition that the President has only the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment and the Ministry of Defense under his authority as per the 19th Amendment.
The petitioners therefore request the Supreme Court to issue a declaration that the President has violated the Constitution by taking over the Rupavahini Corporation.
President Maithripala Sirisena took over the state television Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation under the authority of the Minister of Defense with effect from September 09.