Students shut out of Jaffna University over Buddha statue take their case to SC


By Chitra Weerarathne

The Supreme Court yesterday issued re-notice on the Vice Chancellor and several other officials of the Jaffna University, over a complaint made by five Buddhist Students and one Hindu student of the faculty of Business studies.

Out of the academics noticed to appear, only the rector, Dr. T. Mangaleswaram, had been present in Court. The others were re-noticed to appear on Dec. 5, 2018.

 The petitioner students, have said they were prevented from entering the campus premises because they had attempted to install an enclosure to house a Buddha Statue in their hostel premises.

 These students in their fundamental rights violation petition, filed in the Supreme Court, have said that they had been suspended about four months ago.

 They have alleged arbitrary treatment and a denial of their right to abide by the religion of their choice and asserted a violation of Article 12(1), 12(1), and 14(1) (a) of the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

 They have requested the Court to direct the VC to allow them to enter the university premises and declare the violation of their fundamental rights by the respondent university authorities.

Counsel Nimal Wickremasinghe appeared with, N. Karunaratna for the petitioner.

The bench comprised Justice Sisira de Abrew, Justice Priyantha Jayewardene and Justice Nalin Perera.

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