SC directs streamlining fuel distribution through SLTB


The Supreme Court on Friday (5), instructed to streamline the distribution of fuel through the Sri Lanka Transport Board.

This was when the Fundamental Rights Petitions, filed by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), was taken up before Supreme Court Justices Vijith Malalgoda and Arjuna Obeyesekere.

The Supreme Court previously also ordered the Attorney General to submit a report  detailing the purchase of fuel, its distribution, and priority of the supply and distribution.

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.

BY Faadhila Thassim