Senasinghe’s FR case against police: Leave to proceed granted

By Chitra Weerarthne

 The Supreme Court yesterday granted leave to proceed with the fundamental rights violation petition filed by Sujeewa Senasinghe, Attorney-at-law and State Minister of Internal Trade.

Leave was granted on the basis of alleged arbitrary treatment he had been subjected to by some officers of the Athurugiriya police station.

The Supreme Court also has ordered the police Department to stop proceeding with the ‘B-report’ against the petitioner until the Attorney General perused it and gave his opinion thereon to the Supreme Court by the next date if hearing on Dec. 14, 2015.

 The petitioner has complained to the Supreme Court that a police sergeant, drunk while on duty, had been harsh towards his supporters during the last election campaign.

The petitioner has said he complained to the SSP of the area but received no positive response.

Among the respondents cited in the petition are officer-in-charge, and four other officers of the Athurugiriya police. Leave to proceed was granted against them.  

Faiz Mustapha PC appeared with F. Cassim for the petitioner. 

Deputy Solicitor General, Parinda Ranasinghe appeared for the IGP and the Attorney General.

The Bench comprised the Acting Chief Justice Chandra Ekanayake, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena and Justice Upali Abeyratne.

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