GR files fundamental rights violation petition

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

Former Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday filed a fundamental rights violation petition, alleging an impending illegal arrest. He has requested the court to restrain the respondent state authorities from resorting to such mala fide practice.

He has claimed a likely violation of his personal liberty.

The instructing attorney on this petition is Sanath Wijewardene.

Among the respondents are Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister of Policy Planning, Prime Minister and forty four others.

The petitioner has requested the court to declare the gazette No. 1901/20, dated February 13, 2015 ultra vires, null and void.

The petition will be supported in court on May 13, 2015.

Rajapaksa has complained to the court against the gazette which established the Financial Crimes Investigation Division. He wants the court to declare that no steps could be taken in terms of the gazette No. 1901/20, dated February 13, 2015. The petitioner has requested the Court to declare that the respondent state authorities have no right to arrest the petitioner.

(The Island)

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