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SC grants leave to proceed with FR petitions filed against Gota and others over Economic Crisis

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The Supreme Court today granted leave to proceed with fundamental rights petitions filed seeking an order to take legal action against those responsible for financial irregularities and mismanagement of the economy.

Former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Cabinet of Ministers who were functioning in the Cabinet when the alleged impugned decisions were taken were named as respondents in petitions.

The Supreme Court had earlier decided to name former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as a respondent in the petitions since presidential immunity does not applicable to him following his resignation from the post of President.

The Supreme Court five-judge-bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justice Buveneka Aluvihare, Justice Vijith Malalgoda, Justice Murdu Fernando and Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya granted leave to proceed for violation of fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 12(1) and Article 14 of the constitution. Three university academics, Sri Lankan swimmer and coach Julian Bolling, former Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Chandra Jayaratne, Transparency International and  Jehan Canaga Retna filed these petitions urging authorities to take legal action against the main culprits responsible for the current economic crisis.

The petitioners had named 39 individuals including former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa, former Secretary to the President P.B. Jayasundara, former Governors of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal and W.D. Lakshman, former Ministry of Finance Secretary S.R. Atygalle and Cabinet of Ministers as respondents. Upul Jayasuriya PC, Chandaka Jayasundere PC and Vishwaka Peries appeared for the petitioners Romesh Silva PC appeared for the Monetary Board. Gamini Marapona PC with Navin MaraponPC appeared for Basil Rajapaksa and Mahinda Rajapaksha. Shavindra Fernando PC, Anura Meddegoda PC, Nihal Jayawardena PC appeared for other respondents. Additional Solicitor General Nerin Pulle appeared for the Attorney General.(Lakmal Sooriyagoda)


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  • anura hettiarachchi Friday, 07 October 2022 12:47 PM

    A free and fair trial would be an eye opener for the entire world. Let the truth prevail for the sake of humanity.

    jan Friday, 07 October 2022 01:02 PM

    YES, MUST HELD WHO EVER BIG OR ALL TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS HUGE CRISIS MILLIONS OF SRILANKANS UNDERGOING TREMENDOUS UNTOLD HARDSHIPS EVEN FALLING DOWN ON QUEUES ONTO DEATH, ANY FOOL PROOF MECHANISM BROUGHT TO JUSTICE ALL OF THEM IMMEDIATELY, WHOSE ACCOUNTABLE

    Sokrates Friday, 07 October 2022 01:06 PM

    Why these subhuman crooks not in remand? Others are in remand for stealing 3 coconuts.

    sam Friday, 07 October 2022 01:09 PM

    Hope the truth will prevail and those responsible punished

    People are Supreme Friday, 07 October 2022 01:12 PM

    Trusting the courts and complaining is a better struggle to pursue than shouting slogans at Galle Face and in the end allowing that lovely protest also to be hijacked by politically motivated persons. On the other hand Sri Lankans do have suspicions about the honesty and integrity of the court system and it will be a matter of time before the next Aragalaya (Peoples struggle) happens in front of court houses if corrupt judges and influential lawyers flaunt the system.

    Anthony. R Friday, 07 October 2022 01:12 PM

    First time SriLanka, prove this is One Country, One Law. The entire World will be watching. Let the "Truth" prevail.

    Waiting to see the Friday, 07 October 2022 01:12 PM

    People are awaiting to see whether there's is justice in this country. This trial must be fair and free without any influence by any powerful politicians or justice heads. Because of one man the entire country country is suffering other the rulers and their allies.

    S. Samarakoon Friday, 07 October 2022 01:13 PM

    Hope these People are jailed for the misery given to its Citizens. BR/MR/GR were laughing whilst People were dying in queues.

    System Change SC needs honest judges Friday, 07 October 2022 01:19 PM

    Notorious and rapidly promoted pro Rajapakse Jug Nawaz not in the panel is a good sign. But this time the people are watching closely. Reputed lawyers should not be a reason for this case to not be heard honestly by the eminent judges. Hope the AGs office will not do those "stupid" technical blunders resulting in the case been dismissed which is another strategy bordering on corruption. We know, and we will be watching you this time.

    Concerned Citizen Friday, 07 October 2022 01:32 PM

    Great initiative to win back the confidence from Sri Lankan’s as well as the international community. Hope the courts will punish these criminals with maximum penalties for bankrupting the country and the resulting suffering of all citizens

    Political Gimmik Friday, 07 October 2022 01:55 PM

    I am willing to bet on anything. The final outcome of this trial would be as same as the out come of Easter Sunday tragedy.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 07 October 2022 02:03 PM

    Nothing will happen. The Judiciary, Army and majority Sinhalese yakkos (69%) worship these respondents. This is like Kopi Kade drama, just dragging for entertainment of reading.

    ONE NATION; ONE LAW Friday, 07 October 2022 03:29 PM

    Cases filed so fast, even before the heat of the pillow these criminals slept had cooled. This is exactly what happened to Serbian leaders by UN. Here citizens have taken the initiative without waiting for the UN. Along the way, mass murder of innocent, elderly Catholics will be added to the crime we hope. This is the best example of "ONE NATION, ONE LAW," This time we love it! By the way, who is the lawyer defending GOTA?

    Lamk Friday, 07 October 2022 04:49 PM

    This is an eye wash and they are friends.. Ranil will never do this and he doesn't want to make a political suicide by this .. because all SLPP MPs are agents of MR and co .. They could impeach Ranil any time either Ranil calls for early election or see some improvements.or some political chaos.. This country is in a precarious situation in politics and economy

    Aram Friday, 07 October 2022 08:14 PM

    The reason is totally sinhala people to whom British handed over the power to the country.They gave priority to racism and supremacy which Brought down fall of SL after 75 yrs. So this case will not win since politicians are selected by people

    Make people believe there's justice in this country Friday, 07 October 2022 08:58 PM

    If there is justice in this country we would have not got into this we are undergoing now. These powerful corrupt politicians knowing that they will be not punished....they have done maximum damage to our economy. Justice seems Only upto the trials and after that all eyewash only.

    Hawkeye Saturday, 08 October 2022 06:49 AM

    Gota, Economic crime is taken up at the SC because the entire nation suffered. However Tamils suffering in May 2009 and thereafter is swept under the carpet because they are a different race! Please remember that Karma has a long memory!

    Jef Saturday, 08 October 2022 09:32 AM

    Sri Lankan judicial system need to play a fair to all citizen's nothing should favour Any one under no circumstances today the country in a total mess purely due to our judicial system have failed to act and prosecute offenders if we had a system that very firm accurate our country would not gone through this mess it's only the judiciary system that can make a difference for future of this nation.

    Sri Lankan Saturday, 08 October 2022 10:25 AM

    Can decisions taken by the Monitory Board and CBSL be challenged ? If this is possible then you will have another 100 cases by businessmen now Kota Uda...!!!


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