SC hearing of FR petitions against IGP & Hemasiri postponed

2019-07-12 at 12:00

The consideration of all Fundamental Rights petitions filed against Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara and Former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, over their failure to prevent or minimise the Easter Sunday attacks has been postponed to the 25th of July.

The petitions were taken up for hearing this morning before a full 7 member bench, headed by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya.

The bench ordered for objections against the petition, if any, to be filed by the 18th and counter objections to be filed by the 23rd of July.

The petitions were filed by several citizens and organisations affected by the Easter Sunday attacks.

The petitioners cite that their fundamental rights were violated due to inaction, despite being issued prior intelligence information of possible attacks.

The petitioners therefore request the Supreme Court to order the Attorney General to charge the IGP and the former Defence Secretary under the Penal Code.

Former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, IGP Pujith Jayasundara, Deputy IGP Sri Lal Dissanayake, and the Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya have been cited as respondents.

The seven member bench includes Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, and Supreme Court judges Buwaneka Aluvihare, Sisira de Abrew, Priyantha Jayawardene, Prasanna Jayawardene, LTB Dehideniya and Murdu Fernando.

This is first time that a case is being heard before a full bench since the Supreme Court verdict on the dissolution of Parliament last year.