AG to appear in person before SC today

Friday, 12 July 2019

Twelve Fundamental Rights petitions filed over the Easter Sunday attacks are to be taken up before a fuller bench comprising seven judges of the Supreme Court today (12).Attorney General Dappula de Livera will appear in person before the Supreme Court to represent the interests of the respondents. However, on a previous occasion, the Attorney General’s Department announced that the Attorney General would not appear on behalf of the Inspector General of Police and former Defence Secretary.

Accordingly, these petitions will be taken up for hearing today at 11 a.m. before a seven-judge-bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justice Buwaneka Aluwihare, Justice Sisira de Abrew, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena, Justice Prasanna Jayawardena Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya and Justice Murdu Fernando.

The Chief Justice had nominated a fuller bench comprising seven judges of the Supreme Court to hear several Fundamental Rights petitions filed over the Easter Sunday attack.The Attorney General, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) and several other parties had filed motions seeking a fuller bench in respect of these petitions since these applications are of public importance.Twelve Fundamental Rights petitions including a petition filed by a father of two deceased children who died during Easter Sunday attack are to be taken up for hearing today.