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* Petition filed against transfer of oil tank complex in Trincomalee
Wed, Jan 12, 2022, 04:11 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 12, Colombo: Another fundamental rights petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking an order nullifying the decision to transfer the oil tank complex in Trincomalee to an Indian company for development and the relevant agreement.

The petition was filed by Ven. Elle Gunawansa and Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero.

The petition names 47 respondents including the Attorney General on behalf of the President, Minister of Energy, Udaya Gammanpila, Members of the Cabinet, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, its Chairman, Trinco Petroleum Terminal Pvt Ltd., Lanka IOC and the Defense Secretary.

The petitioners state that the Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila, at a press conference held on the 4th, has said that the members of the Cabinet had decided to approve the development work of the Trincomalee Petroleum Tank Complex jointly with Lanka Indian Oil Company.

Subsequently, it was reported in media that an agreement was signed between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Lanka IOC to transfer the tank farm and the development process would be carried out through Trinco Petroleum Terminals Pvt. Ltd.

The petitioner points out that the Cabinet has no power under the Constitution to reach such a decision and that the manner in which the agreement was signed is also against the law.

The petition alleges that the Cabinet has violated the public’s trust in the government and violated the rule of law.

Accordingly, the petitioner has requested the Supreme Court to issue an order nullifying this agreement and the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers which has been carried out in an arbitrary manner in violation of the law.

The petition also requests that the questionable Cabinet decision and copies of the agreement be summoned before the Supreme Court for an inquiry.

The petitioners further requested the Supreme Court to issue an order under Article 132 (3) of the Constitution to consider this petition before a special panel of judges.

The Secretary of the National Bhikku Front Ven. Wakmulle Uditha Thero had also submitted a petition regarding this matter.

 

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