Tuesday, 22nd June 2021

SC sets July 31 date to hear IGP’s Fundamental Rights petition

Colombo, June 24 (BAN/ AD): IGP Pujith Jayasundara’s petition on his fundamental rights will be heard by Supreme Court on July 31. He has sought issuance of an interim injunction order on President’s decision to send him on compulsory leave. President had sent him on compulsory leave accusing him of failure to prevent the terror attacks despite prior warnings. He had filed a Fundamental Rights petition in the Supreme Court against President Order.

The Supreme Court has decided to consider the petition on the 31st of July as the legal issues regarding the petition need to be considered in a comprehensive and logical manner. The Additional Solicitor General appearing on behalf of the Secretary to the President informed the Supreme Court that the President’s Secretary had filed an affidavit against the petition.

IGP Pujith Jayasundara claims president decision to send him compulsory leave has violated his fundamental right of equal treatment stated in the Constitution. The court has cited the Speaker, members of the Constitutional Council, acting IGP, the Attorney General and several others have been cited as respondents in the petition.

On April 24 President had asked IGP Pujith Jayasundera and Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando to resign citing their failure to prevent the Easter Sunday attacks which claimed 260 lives.

 

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