Court lists FR petition by residents on Sampoor HSZ for inquiry

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 25 July 2007, 10:47 GMT]
The fundamental rights violation petition filed by four residents of Moothoor division challenging the gazette notification declaring Sampoor and other areas in the Moothoor east as high security zone (HSZ) has been listed for inquiry on July 30. Three-member bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justices Nihal Jayasinghe, Nimal Dissanayake and Raja Fernando that heard the submissions by the counsel of the petitioners Tuesday decided that the petition should be supported before the Bench consisting the Chief Justice Sarath N.Silva, legal sources said.

The court observed that a bench presided the Chief Justice Sarath Silva had dismissed a similar petition filed by the Centre for Policy Alternatives and its Director Dr.Pakkiyasothy Saravanamuthu on July 17. Hence the court was of the view that this petition should be taken up for inquiry before a bench consisting the Chief Justice, otherwise they would also dismiss this petition without inquiry.

Petitioner's counsel accepted the stand of the court without objection that the petition should be supported before the bench consisting the Chief Justice.

President Counsel Mr.K.Kanag-Easwaran supporting the petition filed by N.Suntharalingam, R.Nadarajah and Selliah Gopalakarishnan of Moothoor and P.Ratnasingham of Thoppur submitted to court that no one could dispute the fact that all Tamils in the country are now being labelled as terrorists. They could not obtain any redress for their grievances from police stations and other government authorities. The only place available for them to seek justice is from law courts, the petition said.

Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse in the capacity of Defence Minister, Defence Ministry Secretary Mr.Gothabaya Rajapakse, Major General Parakrama Pannipitya, Officer-Commanding for Eastern Region, Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, Air Vice Marshal Roshan Gunatilake of the Sri Lanka Air Force, Sri Lanka Navy Commander Vice Admiral Wasantha Karanagoda, Inspector General of Police Victor Perera, Head of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka and Attorney General have been cited as respondents.

The declaration of HSZ has deprived them from being resettled in their own villages in Moothoor east and is considered as part of ethnic cleansing plot of the government, petitioners pointed out.

Deputy Solicitor General Yasantha Kottegoda appeared for the Attorney General.


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