Supreme Court grants leave to proceed FR petition against Kithsiri Rajapaksha

by Staff Writer 29-06-2018 | 8:42 PM
COLOMBO (News 1st)  - The Supreme Court granted leave to proceed with the fundamental rights petition filed by MTV/MBC (Pvt) Ltd. against Colombo Municipal Councillor Kithsiri Rajapaksha for the unruly behavior opposite the MTV/MBC head office on the 4th of April. The group led by the Colombo Municipal Councilor Kithsiri Rajapakse behaved in a threatening and violent manner causing disruption to freedom of expression, free speech, and media by lighting firecrackers following the No Confidence Motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, which was defeated in Parliament. The Supreme Court decided to take up the Fundamental Rights petition on the 30th of January 2019 after considering the facts presented by the Attorney representing MTV/MBC (Pvt) Ltd. President's Counsel Sanjeeva Jayawardena. The case was taken up before a bench comprising Chief Justice Priyasad Dep, Sisira De Abrew, and Vijith Malalgoda. A clear opportunity could be seen to take action against those who were responsible for the commotion, however, it is hard to say if any solid action had been taken against the suspects. A fact that is known by all is that many Police officers carry out their duties with much dedication, but the people also know that politicians constantly interfere in line of their duty. However is it not the inaction and failure of certain police officers in Colombo to arrest these suspects an insult to the brave act of the Police Officer in Matara who sacrificed his life to serve his country.