Court issues notice on lands minister, two others

Petitions against takeover of land in Jaffna

by Chitra Weerarathne

The Court of Appeal yesterday issued notice on A. Sivasamy, the Land Acquiring Officer for Jaffna, Minister of Lands Janaka Bandara Tennakoon and the Land Surveyor for Jaffna. The notice is returnable on July 10, 2013. The aforesaid respondents are thereby ordered to be present in Court or be represented by their counsel, when the Writ Application, filed by 1,473 petitioners, of Achchiveli, Kankesanthirai, will be called in Court.

The petitioners have complained that they have been displaced for sometime and recently, when they attempted to return to their villages, they were prevented from doing so by military personnel. Their land encompassing about 6,800 acres was to be acquired by the state to set up defence headquarters in Achchiveli.

The petitioners requested the Court to restrain the respondents from proceeding with the unreasonable acquisition of their properties.

The petition was supported by K. Kanag Ishwaran, appearing with M. A. Sumanthiran. The Bench comprised, Justice S. Sriskandarajah, president of the Court of Appeal.

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