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* Supreme Court grants leave to proceed to hear fundamental rights petitions filed over emergency regulations
Fri, Aug 12, 2022, 09:40 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 12, Colombo: The Supreme Court today (12) granted leave to hear the fundamental rights petitions filed by three parties, including the Center for Policy Alternatives, requesting the issuance of an order nullifying the emergency regulations issued by the President.

The Supreme Court decided to give the Attorney General a week's time to consider the matters contained in these regulations.

These petitions were considered before a Supreme Court bench consisting of justices Vijith Malalgoda, Achala Vengappuli and Mahinda Samayawardena.

The lawyers appearing for the petitioners in the court said that the basic rights of the people are violated by these emergency regulations and when someone is detained under the emergency regulations, the armed forces are empowered to take and detain the person for a week.

Also, the lawyers submitted to the court that the police is empowered to arbitrarily arrest detain a person them for 42 hours.

The Deputy Solicitor General Raju Rajiva Gunathilaka, who appeared in court for the Attorney General, stated that the petitioners are not claiming that the fundamental rights of an individual have been violated, but in relation to the whole of the people.

Although so far more than a hundred people have been arrested, but no one has submitted a fundamental rights petition in this court, the Deputy Solicitor General pointed out.

Therefore, the Deputy Solicitor General requested the court to dismiss the petitions as these emergency rules are in accordance with the law.

After considering the arguments of both the parties, the Supreme Court bench allowed the three petitions to be heard.

 

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