5-member SC bench to hear FR petitions vs. Yugadanavi deal

TPL | Published: 2:10 PM Nov 26 2021
Local 5-member SC bench to hear FR petitions vs. Yugadanavi deal

A five-member judges bench of the Supreme Court will hear the fundamental rights petitions filed against the Yugadanavi Power Plant deal.

Chief justice Jayantha Jayasuriya has appointed the panel that includes himself together with judges Buwaneka Aluvihare, Priyantha Jayawardena, Vijith Malalgoda and L.T.B. Dehideniya.

A three-member SC judges bench this morning (26) took up the petitions.

For the respondents, the attorney general appeared on behalf of the prime minister and the cabinet members, except for Udaya Gammanpila, Vasudeva Nanayakkara and Wimal Weerawansa.

President’s counsel Uditha Igalahewa represents the three ministers.

Hearing of the petitions is expected to begin on 29 November.

The petitioners are Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thera, Samagi Jana Balawegaya, former JVP MPs Sunil Handunnetti and Wasantha Samarasinghe, and a group including Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thera, Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara and Dr. Wasantha Bandara.

They challenge the cabinet decision to transfer a 40 per cent stake in West Coast Power Limited - the owner of the 310 MW Yugadanavi Power Plant - to the US-based New Fortress Energy.

TPL | Published: 2:10 PM Nov 26 2021

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