Compensation awarded in fundamental rights case

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 May 1999, 23:18 GMT]
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court has ordered Rs: 50,000 as compensation to the petitioner in a fundamental rights violation case. The Supreme Court further ordered that the state should pay Rs:42,500/- and the Officer-in-Charge of the Cinnamon Gardens Police in Colombo should pay the balance amount Rs: 7250/- as compensation to the petitioner, Robert Gnanamuthu.

It transpired at the inquiry that the petitioner Robert Gnanamuthu was arrested on February 13 at Stanely Wijesundera Mawatte in Colombo by the army for not registering himself at the police station. Later the petitioner was handed over to the Cinnamon Gardens Police.

The petitioner was then produced in Colombo Magistrate's court though the petitioner possessed a national identity card, driving licence and the identity card issued by the institution where he studied.

In the magistrate's court, the petitoner was undefended as he had no money to retain an attorney-at-law. However the petitioner was discharged by the magistrate.

The petitioner thereafter filed this fundamental rights violation case in the Supreme Court stating his arrest was illegal.

This case came up for hearing before the three-member bench compromising Chief Justice Mr.G.P.S.de Silva, Justice Mrs Shiranee Bandaranaike and Justice Mr.A.S.Wijetunge.

At the conclusion of the inquiry the Supreme Court unanimously held that the petitioner's fundamental rights had been violated and made the above order.

 

Latest 15 Reports
17.05.21 19:23   Photo
Ananthi blames war criminal Silva for blocking collective memorial at Mu'l'livaaykkaal
23.03.21 12:41   Photo
No focus on Tamil genocide, geopolitics gets played out in Geneva in favour of QUAD formation
21.03.21 13:34   Photo
Navi Pillay explains ‘human rights’ limitations in Geneva on Tamil genocide
15.03.21 20:36   Photo
Deceived Tamil activists in UK falsely claimed ‘substantial changes’ to Zero draft
09.03.21 21:34   Photo
UK repeatedly wronged Tamils says hunger-striker, demands genocide justice
26.02.21 11:53   Photo
Tamils witness false dilemma in Geneva as geopolitical formations pit against each other
19.02.21 14:02   Photo
UK not prepared to push for ICC option in new UNHRC Resolution
07.02.21 23:16   Photo
Unprecedented P2P uprising paves the way for rights-oriented politics of Tamils and Muslims
22.01.21 08:01   Photo
Gotabaya sets up deceptive COI citing ‘sovereignty’ and ‘non-aligned’ foreign policy
18.01.21 23:44   Photo
Tamil activists resisted three sources of outside influence while drafting demands to UNHRC
16.01.21 11:03  
Tamil national parties demand UN to inquire into crime of genocide and set up IIIM
09.01.21 09:37   Photo
Demolition of Tamil genocide monument, fourth emblematic trauma since 1974: Rev Fr Sakthivel
08.01.21 23:51   Photo
Colombo destroys Mu'l'livaaykkaal memorial monument at Jaffna University
07.01.21 11:22   Photo
With emphasis on genocide, Suresh calls for ICC-referral, IIIM and referendum
07.01.21 00:04   Photo
Boyle prefers IIIM demand over ICC-referral, says specific reference to genocide essential
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=3262