Saturday, 18th September 2021

Petition challenging President’s takeover of Sri Lanka Rupavahini in SC

Colombo, Sep 17 (BAN/ AD): Petition challenging President decision of takeover of Sri Lanka Rupavahini has been filed by Venerable Dambara Amila Thera and Professor Chandraguptha Thenuwara.

State television Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation was taken over by President Maithripala Sirisena under the authority of the Minister of Defense with effect from September 09. The petitioners stated that according to the 19th Constitution, the President is entitled only to the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and the Ministry of Defense.

In an extraordinary gazette notification, the President exercising powers vested in him by the Paragraph (1) of Article 43 and Paragraph (1)(a) of Article 46 of the Constitution amended the Gazette Extraordinary No. 2103/33 of December 28, 2018 to bring the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation under the authority of the Minister of Defense.

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