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Hirunika files case against IGP

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Former Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra today filed a Fundamental Rights petition in the Supreme Court seeking an order restraining Deshabandu Tennakoon from discharging the duties and functioning in the office of Inspector General of Police (IGP).
In her petition, Hirunika named Secretary to the President Saman Ekanayake, Chairman of the Constitutional Council Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana, members of the Constitutional Council and the Attorney General as respondents.

The petitioner stated that the Attorney General had made a communication to name Tennakoon as a suspect in a matter before the Magistrate’s Court of Fort pertaining to the attack on peaceful protesters at Galle Face on May 09, 2022.

The petitioner further stated that in the Supreme Court judgement (SC FR 107/2011) found Deshabandu Tennakoon, as having violated the fundamental rights of a former army soldier under Articles 11, 12(1), 13(1) and 13(2) of the Constitution and Court ordered him to pay Rs.500,000 as compensation.

The Petitioner states that the failure to take all possible steps in selecting and appointing a suitable candidate is contrary to the best interests of the People, and contrary to the duty of all organs of State to respect, secure and advance the Fundamental Rights of the People.

The petitioner maintained that this appointment would result in a direct attack on the Rule of Law, and a consequent denial to the Petitioner and the citizens’ rights guaranteed by Article 12(1) of the Constitution and ignoring clear constitutional provisions in particular Article 41(E)4, concerning manner of voting in the constitutional council when only four members have voted in favour of such appointment. This petition had been filed through Attorney-at-Law Sithara Sampath Wijewardena.

(dailymirror.lk)

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Five killed, 21 injured in accident at ‘Fox Hill SuperCross’ event

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Tragedy struck at the “Fox Hill Super Cross 2024” racing event in Diyatalawa, resulting in the death of five individuals and leaving 21 others injured, according to Police Media Spokesperson DIG Nihal Thalduwa.

The incident occurred when a race car veered off the track and collided with a group of spectators, DIG Thalduwa explained.

The 28th edition of the ‘Fox Hill SuperCross,’ organized by the Sri Lanka Military Academy Diyatalawa with the support of Sri Lanka Automobile Sports (SLAS), commenced in Diyatalawa on Sunday (21).

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Southern province governor Willy Gamage resigns

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The Governor of the Southern Province Willy Gamage has handed over his letter of resignation effective from 02 May, 2024, to the President’s Secretary.

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5 years marked since the Easter Sunday bombings

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Today (April 21) marks 05 years since the brutal Easter Sunday bombings in 2019.

All churches across Sri Lanka will observe 02 minutes of silence at 8:45 am today (21) to remember those lost in the attacks.

Several memorial events centering the St. Anthony’s church in Kochchikade and the St. Sebastian’s church in Katuwapitiya will be held.

Police spokesman DIG Nihal Thalduwa says that security has been beefed up to areas where memorial services are being held.

In 2019, a spate of bombings that took place across the country claimed 273 lives while injuring hundreds.

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