Tamil doctor files Rights petition in Sri Lanka Supreme Court

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 22 December 2009, 13:13 GMT]
The Supreme Court Monday granted leave to proceed with the fundamental rights violation petition filed by a Tamil medical officer, S.Murali, against his interdiction on his alleged comments made on the conditions in the internment camps which the Sri Lanka Government said "had brought disrepute on the Government of Sri Lanka." The petitioner had been serving as an Acting Consultant Community Physician of the Health Care & Nutrition Ministry at that time of interdiction.

Further hearing into the petition has been fixed for March 31, 2009 by a three member bench of the Supreme Court comprising Chief Justice Asoka de Silva, Justices Nihal Gamini Amaratunga and P.A.Ratnaike.

The petitioner cited Preliminary Inquiry Officer A.U. K.Wanniarachchi and Director S.L.A. Navarathan of the Investigation and Flying Squad Unit of the Health Ministry, Director General of Health Services U.A. Mendis, Ministry Secretary H.A. Kahandaliyanage, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva and the Attorney General as respondents.

The petitioner has been seeking the court to declare the interdiction an alleged infringement of his fundamental rights to equality and equal protection of the law as well as the freedom of speech and expression, and to order for his reinstatement.

The petitioner was told that a preliminary inquiry was being conducted regarding an email in which he expressed a personal opinion in a reply e-mailed to Dr Chrishantha Abeysena, whose original email forwards a link to a webpage.

The Petitioner maintained that the comments were made in good faith and he never intended to bring disrepute to the government as stated in the interdiction letter, according to the submissions made by the counsel for the petitioner in the court.

Counsel M.A.Sumanthiran with Ermiza Tegal instructed by Mohan Balendra appeared for Petitioner Dr Murali.


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