2 Tamil journalists file FR petition
[TamilNet, Friday, 04 September 2009, 11:32 GMT]
Three -member bench of the Supreme Court Thursday fixed the inquiry
into the fundamental rights violation petitions filed by S. Jaseeharan
who is one of the co-directors of the ‘Outreach’ website and his
fiancée V. Valarmathi for October 30. The Bench comprised Chief Justice
Asoka de Silva, Justices N. G. Amaratunge and Chandra Ekanayake.
Leave to proceed has already been granted to Mr. Jaseeharan for the
alleged infringement of his fundamental right to freedom from torture,
right to equality and equal protection of the law, freedom from
arbitrary detention, freedom of speech and expression including
publication and freedom to engage in any lawful occupation, trade,
business, enterprise etc.
Valarmathi was granted leave for the alleged infringement of her fundamental rights to the above as well as freedom from arbitrary arrest.
Petitioner Jaseeharan had been a journalist contributing to the
Tamil weekly “Sarinigar”. He is also the publisher and journalist of website “Outreach.sl.com” meant for building peace in the country, funded by Facilitating Local Initiatives for Conflict Transformation (FLICT), a project under the German Technical Cooperation.
Following the arrest of Jaseeharan and Valarmathi, senior journalist
J. S. Tissainayagam of “Outreach.sl.com.” website went to TID on the
same day and informed them that as a staff member that he wanted to meet Jaseeharan. Only then Tissanayagam was questioned
and arrested and detained.
Petitioner Jaseeharan and his fiancée Valarmathi who had been the
former programme producer of the Sakthi TV and former temporary
lecturer in Drama and Theatre at the Jaffna University cited OIC
Prasanna de Alwis, SSP Nandana Munasinghe of the TID, Defence
Secretary Gothabaya Rajapakse, IGP Victor Perera, Inspector H. M.
Janakantha of TID and the Attorney General as respondents.
Mr. J. C. Weliyamuna instructed by Gowri Shangary Thavarasa appeared for
the petitioners. Senior State Counsel Riyaz Hamza appeared for the