Supreme Court gives AG two weeks to file objections

Petition challenging Hambantota Port lease

By Chitra Weerarathne

The Supreme Court yesterday gave the Attorney General two weeks to file limited objections to a petition filed by Gunadasa Amerasekera, Ven. Muruththetuwe Ananda Thera, Attorney-at-Law Kapila Gamage, Dharshani Morawaka and two others, requesting the court to cancel the agreement signed between the government of Sri Lanka and Chinese authorities to lease, for 99 years, the Hambantota Port and 1,500 acres of land in the Hambantota District.

The petitioners have alleged that the final agreement terms entered into between the Sri Lankan and Chinese authorities are different from the terms of agreement referred to the Cabinet of Ministers and Parliament. The petitioners have alleged that this deal is mala-fide and arbitrary and should be cancelled by the Supreme Court.

The next date of calling the case was fixed for Jan. 11, 2018.

Manohara de Silva PC, appeared with Uditha Egalahewa P. C. Ranga Dayananda, Kapila Gamage and Dharshini Morawaka for the petitioners.

Additional Solicitor General, Sanjay Rararatnam PC appeared for the Attorney General.

The bench comprised Chief Justice Priyasarth Dep, Justice Buwaneka Aluwihare and Justice Vijith K. Malalgoda.

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