Rights violated, court rules
[TamilNet, Monday, 04 October 1999, 16:51 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Supreme Court declared today that the fundamental rights of Varithamby Tharmakulaseelan Raja had been violated by the Police when they conducted a search at his house at Wellawatte in Colombo on November 21, 1997 in which no explosives were subsequently found.
The Bench comprised the Chief Justice Sarath N.Silva, Justice D.P.S. Gunasekara and Justice Ameer Ismail.
The Supreme Court held that the police had acted arbitrarily and without proper verification of the information that there had been explosives in the house.
The Supreme Court awarded the petitioner damages in a sum of Rs 35,000 (approximately 500 US dollars).