Three Ministers support Petitions in Court
By Kamal Mahendra Weeraratne
Ministers Wimal Weerawansa, Udaya Gammanpila and Vasudeva Nanayakkara yesterday (7) filed submissions in support of the petitions before the Supreme Court filed against the Yugadanavi power plant deal.
The written 59-page submissions produced before the Court by President’s Counsel Uditha Egalahewa, representing the Ministers, specified that the relevant Cabinet Paper in relation to the Yugadanavi power plant deal was not presented to or discussed at the Cabinet and thereby the notion that Cabinet approval has been granted is a falsehood.
It was further stated that the American New Fortress Energy company in question did not bid when tenders were called, thus, there was no possibility to hand over the deal to the company while the said company, that was only established in 2018, does not have sufficient expertise or knowledge to enter into such contract. Thereby handing over such deal to this company would result in a crisis.
The submissions also specified that it is historic for State Ministers to appear before Courts against a Government decision.
The FR petitions were filed by the Archbishop of Colombo Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Venerable Elle Gunawansa Thera, Samagi Jana Balawegaya, former parliamentarians of Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Sunil Handunnetti and Wasantha Samarasinghe and a group including Ven. Bengamuwe Nalaka Thero, Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekara and Dr. Wasantha Bandara.