Five-judge bench to hear petitions against Yugadanavi
By Faadhila Thassim
Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, on Friday (26) appointed a five-member Bench of the Supreme Court chaired by him to hear the Fundamental Rights (FR) Petitions filed against the Yugadanavi Power Plant deal.
Supreme Court Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Priyantha Jayawardana, Vijith Malalgoda and L.T.B. Dehideniya were appointed as the remaining members to the judge bench.
The Petitions were heard before the Supreme Court before Justices Murdu Fernando, Gamini Amarasekara and Arjuna Obeysekera and was fixed for support. Although the Attorney General represented the Prime Minister and the Cabinet of Ministers, a private attorney represented Ministers Udaya Gammanpila, Wimal Weerawansa and Vasudeva Nanayakkara.
The FR petitions were filed by the Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, Ven Elle Gunawansa Thera, former JVP MPs Sunil Handunnetti and Wasantha Samarasinghe and a few others including Dr. Wasantha Bandara, seeking an order to terminate the Yugadanavi Power Plant deal.
While protests were held by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) trade unions against the Yugadanavi Power Plant deal, the Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers’ Union (CEBEU) resorted to an indefinite work-to-rule campaign for the same purpose.