Written by Staff Writer
31 Mar, 2015 | 8:52 pm
The Supreme Court on Tuesday, rejected a Fundamental Rights Petition which cited Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as a respondent.
The petition was filed by Duminda Nagamuwa of the Frontline Socialist Party.
In his petition, Duminda Nawagamuwa, who contested the 2015 Presidential Election under the Frontline Socialist Party, stated that the deploying of army personnel to several areas in the country under the directives of the former president Rajapaksa during the run up to the Presidential Election had violated his fundamental Rights and those of the public.
The Attorney at-Law, representing the petitioner in court stated that such an act, does not keep with the security requirements of the country.
The counsel, speaking in court, requested that the former head of state be questioned in this regard as he was a candidate at the said election.
He went on to state that though the military personnel were summoned every month, there was no requirement to summon the personnel after the conclusion of the civil war.
President’s Counsel Palitha Fernando who appeared on behalf of Mahinda Rajapaksa stated in court that the President holds the right to make decisions on behalf of the country’s security.
Fernando pointed out that the current president too, has issued this gazette notice.
The Supreme Court bench comprising of Chief Justice K. Sripavan and Justices Sisira de Abrew and Anil Gunaratne rejected the petition after considering facts presented in court.
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