AG tells SC that affidavits by Ministers on LNG deal, unconstitutional

AG tells SC that affidavits by Ministers on LNG deal, unconstitutional

AG tells SC that affidavits by Ministers on LNG deal, unconstitutional

Written by Zulfick Farzan

17 Dec, 2021 | 5:10 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka’s Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam on Friday (17) told the Supreme Court that the affidavits produced by Ministers Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Udaya Gammanpila, and Wimal Weerawansa regarding the controversial LNG deal surrounding the Yugadhanavi Power Plant, are unconstitutional.

The Attorney General told the five-judge bench of the Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice, that the conduct of the said ministers who provided affidavits in support of the petitions challenging the cabinet decision on the LNG deal, was unconstitutional as a whole.

He told the court that the Ministers who submitted affidavits had disregarded their collective responsibility.

The Attorney General said that it is a very serious situation when attempts are being made to obtain a constitutional order from the court, by submitting unconstitutional documents.

He urged the court to dismiss the documents that were submitted by the Ministers.

On the 7th of December 2021, Minister Udaya Gammanpila, Wimal Weerawansa, Vasudeva Nanayakkara filed objections in support of the petitions that challenge the cabinet decision to transfer 40% of the shares of the Yugadhanavi Power Plant to the US-based New Fortress Power Plant.

These Ministers were named as respondents in these applications.

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