SC to consider FR petitions against Emergency on 12 Aug

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The Supreme Court yesterday (10) fixed 12 August for consideration of the three Fundamental Rights Petitions filed against the State of Emergency.

This was when the FR petitions were called before Supreme Court Justices Yasantha Kodagoda and Arjuna Obeysekera. The case was postponed on the basis that only two Judges were present.

The petitions were filed by the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and its Executive Director Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, convenors of Liberal Youth Movement and former Commissioner of Human Rights Commission (HRCSL) Ambika Satkunanathan against the State of Emergency declared on 18 July.

The petitioners noted a State of Emergency can only be declared in limited and exceptional circumstances and deplored the abuse of this power by successive Presidents when no such emergency exists, as a form of suppression of public dissent. They noted that no circumstance which warrants the imposition of a State of Emergency has arisen.

BY Faadhila Thassim