This was said by the lawyer representing the Port Authority to giving evidence when a petition filed by Joint Opposition MP, Vasudeva Nanayakkara against the handing over of the Hambantota port to a Chinese company was taken up on Thursday.
According to him, only the Port Authority has the authority to take decisions pertaining to the Sri Lanka Ports.
However, the lawyer pointed out that in this instance the government had acted independently and handed over the Hambantota port to the Chinese Company disregarding the Port Authority. He said the Port and Shipping Minister too had raised objections in this regard.
Against the law
However, the Attorney General requested for more time in order to consult with the Cabinet regarding this petition and respond.
Hence, the court ordered the case be taken up on February 3, and asked the respondents party to submit objections if any.
The petitioner’s party informed court that it was illegal to hand over the Hambantota port and 15,000 acres of land in the area to the Chinese firm without Parliamentary approval.
The petitioners therefore requested court to issue an order nullifying the agreement signed with the Chinese company.
Insurance Corporation Case
The Joint Opposition MP, Vasudeva Nanayakkara had filed this case under case No. 467-2016.
According to legal experts, as there is a case procedure in court, it might be impossible to carry out this project and hand over the port to the Chinese.
Previously, the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation too was handed back to the State, as a result of a case filed by Vasudeva nanayakkara.