The Supreme Court yesterday (31), issued an interim order suspending the operation of the Presidential pardon granted to former Parliamentarian Duminda Silva, who was sentenced to death in 2016 over the murder of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra.
The order was made by Supreme Court Justices P. Padman Surasena, Yasantha Kodagoda, and Achala Wengappulli.
This was when the Fundamental Rights (FR) Petitions filed by the daughter and wife of late Premachandra, former MP Hirunika Premachandra and Sumana Premachandra, respectively, against the Presidential pardon was taken up before the Bench for a decision on granting leave to proceed.
Further an order impounding the passport of Silva was also made while the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was directed to implement the interim order. The Attorney General was also instructed to give necessary advice.
Eraj de Silva appeared with Daminda Wijayaratne and S Janagan instructed by Dimuthu Kuruppuarachchi for Sumana Premachandra and President’s Counsel M. A. Sumanthiran appeared with Suren Fernando and Khyati Wickremanayake for Hirunika Premachandra. The case was fixed for argument on
1 September 2022.
While Silva was sentenced to death in 2016 for the murder of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra in 2011, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa granted a special Presidential pardon to Silva in 2021.
BY Faadhila Thassim