Court fixes inquiry into FR filed by Sunday Leader journalist
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 23 September 2009, 08:07 GMT]
The three –member bench of the Supreme Court Friday listed the
Fundamental Rights petition filed by journalist Arthur Wamanan
Sornalingam of the Sunday leader to be taken up on November 9 for
inquiry as the court was told that the two parties concerned were
agreeable to a mutually negotiated settlement. The petitioner cited
the Police Chief, CID (Special Unit) OIC, its DIG and SSP, Minister
Mano Wijeratne and the Attorney General as respondents. The Chief
Justice Asoka de Silva, Jagath Balapatebendi and S.I.Imam were the
members of the bench.
The Supreme Court had earlier granted leave to proceed with the
fundamental rights violation petition filed by Mr. Wamanan for the
alleged infringement of his right to equality and equal protection of
the law, discrimination on the grounds of race, language and place of
birth, the freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention as well as
freedom of speech and expression including publication.
In his petition, Mr. Wamanan said that on October 24 last year at
about 4:15 p.m. OIC Chandana de Silva and another person came to his
premises and requested him to hand over copies of the bills received
by him for the use of his mobile telephone but did not give any
reasons for doing so.
He had told the CID officers he was using his mother’s mobile phone and handed over copies of the bills.
Later OIC de Silva had requested Mr. Wamanan to accompany him to the CID office saying he had no choice in the matter.
Then he was arbitrarily arrested and detained by the CID on a complaint made by Minister Mano Wijeratne that he had threatened the latter over the phone.
He and his mother were bundled into a car and taken to the CID office and that the police refused to record his statement in Tamil or in English.