Division of A’gamuwa PS: SC gives AG time till Jan 29

By Chitra Weerarathne

The Supreme Court, yesterday gave the Attorney General, time till January 29, to obtain and submit to the court a report of the committee, which decided to divide the Ambagamuwa Pradeshiya Sabha into three units.

Senior Deputy Solicitor General, Viraj Dayaratne, appeared for the Attorney General and told the Court, that a committee comprising the Minister of Local Government and the commissioner of Elections had decided to divide the Pradeshiya Sabha, according to the new delimitation formula. The Deputy Solicitor General said that he needed time to secure a copy of the report from that committee.

Petitioner, W. Helapriya Darpana Nadaraja, a member of the Pradeshiya Sabha, has complained that the division, would place Sri Pada and the road leading to it are located, under the unit administering an area where the majority of people were non-Buddhists. That is unreasonable and could give rise to racial hatred among villagers. The petitioner has requested the court to order the defendants to reconsider the issue.

Counsel K. Thiranagama appeared with Kansihka Vitharana instructed by H. M. Thilakaratne for the petitioners.

The bench Comprised Justice Buwanaka Aluwihara, Justice K. T. Chitrasiri and Justice Nalin Perera.

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