Petition filed over de-limitation of Ambagamuwa PS dismissed

By Chitra Weerarathne

The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed the fundamental rights violation petitions filed by Ambagamuwa Pradeshiya Sabha.

The Court said that there was no basis for granting leave to proceed with the petition since Sri Pada shrine, did not lie in Maskeliya, but in the Palapathwela Pradeshiya Sabha in the Ratnapura District.

The court held that the division of the Ambagamuwa Pradeshiya Sabha into three new units did not affect the Sri Pada Temple. It should not be concluded that the Tamil people living in the area did not venerate the sacred place.

The court upheld the submission made by the Deputy Solicitor General Viraj Dayaratne, who said that the Minister of Local Government, had the power to carry out the delimitation formula recently finalised by a Government appointed committee.

Counsel K. Thiranagama and Kanishka Vitharana, appeared for the petitioner.

The bench comprised Justice Sisira De Abrew, Justice Priyantha Jayawardene and Justice K. T. Chitrasiri.

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