SC dismisses Joseph Stalin's FR petition
BY KAMAL MAHENDRA WEERARATNE
The Fundamental Rights petition filed by Secretary of the CeylonTeachers’ Union, Joseph Stalin, challenging the preventionof protests using quarantine regulations, was yesterday (22) dismissed by the Supreme Court. The verdict was given by a three-Judge Bench. The Judges were PriyanthaJayawardena, Shiran Gunaratne, and Arjuna Obeysekera.
The IGP, Senior DIG in charge of the Western Province, Director General of Health Services, and the Attorney General had been named as respondents in this petition. Representing the Attorney General, Deputy Solicitor General Nerin Pulle said total authority has been assigned to the Director General of Health Services regarding controlling a pandemic and that the IGP and the Police are obliged by law to act according to recommendations he makes and orders issued.
He further said accordingly, the Police had acted based on orders and terms issued for preventing the spread COVID-19, and as it is not appropriate for the Court to spend valuable time hearing the petition, he requests that it be rejected. Attorney Rushdie Habibi represented the petitioner, but based on the unanimous decision made by the panel of Judges while accepting the Attorney General’s statement, the petition was rejected.