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Kegalle Magistrate denies restraining order on paada yathrawa

29 July 2016 10:06 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Kegalle Magistrate Gayan Meegahage yesterday refused to grant the restraining order requested by the police seeking to prevent the paada yathrawa organised by the Joint Opposition from entering the Kegalle city limits from Karandupana.

HQI Kegalle Police had filled the petition on behalf of the police and cited several reasons why the procession should not pass through the city.

The HQI had stated that the president was scheduled to travel through Kegalle on July 29 and the march could create a public disturbance.

Police further stated that the UNP had planned to hold a propaganda campaign in Galigamuwa on the same day and that a clash could possibly occur between the two groups.

The magistrate asked the police whether the paada yathrawa had caused any disturbance to the public so far and whether a clash had occurred during the march so far. The police informed Court there had been no such incidents.

Subsequently, the magistrate had denied the request and given approval for the use of one lane for the paada yathrawa.

However, the magistrate had told the police to stop the protest march if there was a disturbance or clash and to inform the Court immediately if such should occur. (Rohan Kumara)

  Comments - 9

  • Yahapalanya Friday, 29 July 2016 02:18 PM

    This is the human rights that friends of the current rulers UNHRC and Western Governments were preaching about. The right to protest. So why is the government getting exited.

    Eds Friday, 29 July 2016 04:27 PM

    Hat's off to the honourable judge!

    Tani Friday, 29 July 2016 05:05 PM

    All are enjoying the fresh breaths of Good Governance irrespective of party colors !

    Unchikun Friday, 29 July 2016 10:28 AM

    The paradigm shift after January 08, 2016. The rule of law now in force. Ali Baba and the 50 Thieves take note.

    Perumal Friday, 29 July 2016 10:38 AM

    Very reasonable verdict! Yahapalanaya should be lauded for allowing the freedom of judiciary unlike the former administration.

    Selvyn Friday, 29 July 2016 10:44 AM

    Its prudent to be cautious and in that sense prevention is better than cure. via DM Android App

    Harry Friday, 29 July 2016 12:34 PM

    Shame!! Where was the so called Rule of Law with Hora CB governor and his uncle?

    Harry Friday, 29 July 2016 12:35 PM

    Atheesarayata Amudey Gahala Wedak Neha

    dappan Friday, 29 July 2016 12:48 PM

    have backbone via DM Android App

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