SC grants leave to proceed with petition challenging President’s decision on SLRC takeover

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By Rose Kenny

The Supreme Court yesterday (Nov 4) granted leave to proceed on a petition challenging the President’s gazette to bring the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) under the Defence Ministry.

The decision was delivered by Supreme Court Judge Buwaneka Aluwihare with the agreement of Justices L.T.B. Dehideniya and Murdhu Fernando.

However, the judge bench rejected the request made by the petitioners seeking an interim order suspending the implementation of the President’s decision to bring the SLRC to under the Defence Ministry.

Accordingly, the case would be taken up for further hearing on June 10, 2020.

The petitioners stated that under the 19th amendment the President can only hold the ministerial portfolios of the Defence Ministry and the Ministry of Environment and Mahaweli and therefore, his decision to take over the SLRC is a violation of the 19th amendment.

Social activitists Ven. Dambara Amila Thero and Professor Chandragupta Thenuwara, and parliamentarian Ashu Marasinghe had filed the petition.