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SC to consider FR application by Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith

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The Supreme Court has decided to take up for consideration on 31st January, the Fundamental Rights application by His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith.

The FR petition seeks the dismissal of Deshabandu Tennakoon from the post of Acting IGP as well as an interim order preventing his appointment as the IGP.

The application was called up today before judges Prithi Padman Suriyasena, Achala Vengappuli and Mahinda Samayawardena.

Deshbandu Thennakoon as well as the Constitutional Council led by Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and Deshbandu Thennakoon have been named as respondents.
Additional Solicitor General Nerin Pulle, who appeared for the Attorney General, requested that two petitions filed by two other parties regarding this issue be called on the 31st along with the petition submitted by His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith.

Upon Consideration, the bench fixed the date for calling this petition on the 31st.

President’s Counsel Shamil Perera appeared for the petitioner and President’s Counsel Romesh De Silva appeared for the respondent Deshbandu Tennakoon.

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Additional Health Secy. to Court

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Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Health Dr. Saman Rathnayake who was arrested and remanded over the medicine procurement scandal was escorted to the Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court, to provide a confidential or In Camera statement.

Saman Ratnayake, who was interrogated for over seven hours, was arrested at the Criminal Investigation Department last Friday.

He was presented before the Maligakanda court last Saturday.

When the case was called, the magistrate remanded the suspect until March 14, considering the facts presented by the Deputy Solicitor General Lakmini Girihagama.

The suspect thereafter informed court via counsel of his willingness to provide a statement In Camera.

Therefore, the magistrate ordered the suspect to appear before the court on March 4, today, to deliver the confidential statement.

(News 1st)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by News 1st has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Electricity, petroleum supply, declared essential services

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An Extraordinary Gazette has been issued declaring all activities related to the supply of electricity and petroleum products as essential services.

The relevant gazette has been issued by the Secretary to the President Saman Ekanayake on Sunday (03) by order of the President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

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Fuel price revision likely tonight?

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A fuel price revision is likely to take place tonight (04), as per sources.

The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) stated that although the fuel price was slated to be revised at the end of February, the price revision will possibly take place today.

The CPC amends the fuel prices monthly as per the pricing formula. Accordingly, the prices were last revised on January 31, where the prices of octane 92 petrol, octane 95 petrol, super diesel and kerosene were increased.

Against this backdrop, President Ranil Wickremesinghe has issued an Extraordinary Gazette declaring all services connected to the supply of electricity and the supply or distribution of petroleum products and fuel as essential services with effect from 03 March 2024. 

Accordingly, the proclamation states that the services specified have been declared as Essential Public Service considering it necessary that the services provided by any Public Corporation or Government Department or Local Authority or Co-operative Society or any branch thereof being a Department or Corporation or Local Authority or Co-operative Society, which is engaged in provision of the services specified, is essential to the life of the community and is likely to be impeded or interrupted.

In the meantime, the Fuel Distributors’ Association alleges that the CPC has taken steps to incur a usage fee of 35% of the monthly rebate amount received by the fuel distributors. President of the association Shelton Fernando claimed that through this action, it will not be possible for them to even meet the daily expenses for the distribution activities.(adaderana.lk)

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