SC orders AG to prepare fuel distribution report

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The Supreme Court yesterday (4) ordered the Attorney General to prepare a report on the scheme of procurement and distribution of fuel, detailing the services categorised as essential for the purpose of obtaining fuel.

The Order was issued when the petitions filed by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) were taken up before Supreme Court Justices Vijith Malalgoda, Mahinda Samayawardena and Arjuna Obeysekera.

Accordingly, the Attorney General was ordered to submit the relevant report containing a detailed explanation of the entire programme formulated for fuel distribution, together with details on which services have been identified as essential for this purpose on 12 July.

The Petitions were filed by the President of the BASL, Saliya Pieris PC, Deputy President, Anura Meddegoda PC, Secretary, Rajeev Amarasuriya, Treasurer, Rajindh Perera and the Assistant Secretary, Pasindu Silva on the basis that the Fundamental Rights (FR) guaranteed to the public by the Constitution has been violated as a result of the persistent economic crisis.

Among other relief, the Petitioners sought directions to formulate mid-term and long-term policies to ensure that public have uninterrupted access to essentials such as food, medicine, fuel, gas and electricity and to formulate medium and long-term policies to provide concessions in relation to the prices of such essential goods and services.

The Cabinet of Ministers on 27 June decided to only distribute fuel for essential services through the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation until 10 July while stating that an extensive plan to distribute fuel will be in place from 10 July.

BY Faadhila Thassim