Kumar Gunaratnam FR petition taken up before three-member bench

Kumar Gunaratnam FR petition taken up before three-member bench

Kumar Gunaratnam FR petition taken up before three-member bench

Written by Staff Writer

18 Feb, 2015 | 9:50 pm

A Fundamental Rights petition filed by Kumar Gunaratnam, the leader of the Front line Socialist Party, seeking leave to remain in the country until he secures citizenship, was questioned on Wednesday.

The petition was considered by a three-member bench comprising of Chief Justice K. Sripavan and Justices Priyasad Depp and Eva Wanasundera.

Representing Kumar Gunaratnam in court on Wednesday, President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva submitted that his client is a citizen of Sri Lanka.

He added that Gunaratnam had fled to Australia and obtained citizenship there, for political reasons and due to death threats against him at home, but that he had visited Sri Lanka from time to time.

Representing the state, Deputy Solicitor General Viraj Dayaratne pointed out that Kumar Gunaratnam had left the country using a false name.

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