SC fixes inquiry into Sunday Leader journalist FR petition
[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 December 2007, 10:09 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Supreme Court Thursday granted leave to Tamil journalist Arthur
Wamanan to proceed with his fundamental rights violation petition
filed last week against his arrest and illegal detention by the
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Sri Lanka Police on a
verbal complaint by a minister in the government led by SL President
Mahinda Rajapaksa. Arthur Wamanan is a journalist working in the
Sunday Leader, English Weekly.
The petitioner has cited several respondents including the Inspector
General of Police (IGP), the Director of the CID, SL Minister Mano
Wijeratne and the Attorney General. The petitioner has sought the
court to declare that his arrest and detention is illegal and has
violated his fundamental rights. The petitioner has also sought the
court to order 100 million rupees as compensation, legal sources said.
When the FR petition was taken up for inquiry Thursday, State Counsel
representing the Attorney General objected to grant leave for the
petitioner to proceed with his petition. The Court rejected the
objection by the State and fixed the inquiry into the petition for
February 29, next year.
President Counsel Romesh de Silva with attorney-at-law
G.G.Arulpiragasam appeared for the petitioner.