TU Files FR Petition Against Quarantine Curfew
By Kamal Weeraratne
The UNP Self-Employed Traders’ Union (UNPSETU) yesterday (23) filed an FR petition before the Supreme Court, charging that due to the imposition of the quarantine curfew, they had not been able to engage in their livelihood hence their Fundamental Rights had been infringed.
The petition was filed, on behalf of the union, by its Chairman G.I. Charles, Secretary Krishan Marambe and National Organiser R.N.A.A. Fernando, through Attorney-at-Law Dimuthu Kuruppuarachchi. Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardene and 46 others have been named as respondents.
Among other prominent figures named as respondents are IGP C.D. Wickremaratne, Excise Commissioner General Ariyadasa Bodaragama, Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella, State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Prof. Channa Jayasumana, State Minister of COVID-19 Control, Primary Healthcare and Epidemics Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle and Secretary to the Ministry of Health Dr. S.H. Munasinghe.
The petitioners have informed the Apex Court that the imposition of quarantine curfew by the Government had seriously affected members of their Union from earning their livelihood through trading on pavements, tourism and goods transportation etc.
They have charged that the actions of the Government had dealt a severe blow to them and their family members and thus they were struggling to eke out a living due to this situation.
Hence, the petitioners have prayed the Supreme Court to issue an Order to the respondents to take measures to enable them to engage in their livelihoods under any suitable condition and to issue an Order to the respondents to grant suitable relief to them due to their actions having violated the petitioners’ Fundamental Rights.