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SC rejects FR petitions challenging gazette notification Cremation of COVID-19 victims in Muslim and Catholic communities

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The Supreme Court (SC) today rejected the examining of 12 Fundamental Rights (FR) petitions filed challenging the gazette notification regarding the cremation of COVID19 victims belonging to Muslim and Catholic communities.

The three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, justices Murdu Fernando and Preethi Padman Surasena commenced hearings on November 30.

All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) Leader MP Rishad Bathiudeen, former MPS Seyed Ameer Ali, Abdullah Mohamed Mahroof,and Hussein Ahamed Bhaila, former SLMC MPALI Zahir Moulana and Oshala Herath were among the petitioners.

Appearing for three petitioners Senior Counsel Viran Corea with Counsel Thilini Vidanagamage informed the Court that according to the Attorney General’s facts, there is no proof that corpses can spread COVID-19 through burial.

During the hearing, counsel Pulasthini Hewamanna appearing for another petitioner, also notified that a statement issued by the Director General of Health admitted that burial was allowed with certain restrictions.

The petitioners named Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, director General of Health Services, Secretary of the Health Ministry and the Attorney General as respondents to the petitions. (YOSHITHA PERERA)

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  • K Perera Tuesday, 01 December 2020 04:04 PM

    The rights of the living is much more important than of those who are dead.

    max Tuesday, 01 December 2020 04:06 PM

    Foreign funded individuals, organisations, NGOs' etc., are now be able to restart their campaign and talk about "discriminations against minorities now legal in SL" and make some more money from their funding countries/organisations.

    Lal Tuesday, 01 December 2020 04:31 PM

    EXPECTED. Wastage of lawyer’s time and our money. One day god will with us. Don’t worry. Our money our money our stomachache also also pushing and praying

    Nomad Tuesday, 01 December 2020 09:10 PM

    Country law should be followed for cremation irrespective of WHO direction ,when it comes to vaccination WHO guidelines should be followed. Why set double standards. Perpetrators will have to pay the price soon or later.

    Sambo Wednesday, 02 December 2020 07:28 AM

    Such burials are only for top politicians who are able to bend the law. For them anything is possible in this country.

    Ding dong Wednesday, 02 December 2020 07:41 AM

    Good Decision

    M L JAMALDEEN Thursday, 10 December 2020 07:38 AM

    If only Sri Lanka denies the right to burial vs the rest of the world, then we must possess some super brilliant scientists. Time the WHO replaced all their scientists with the brilliant Sri Lankans. Welcome to a chaotic world!


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