SC gives female lawyer go ahead with FR case against police

By Chitra Weerarathne

The Supreme Court yesterday granted Attorney-at-Law Rajika Prasadini Wijethunga of Matara leave to proceed with her fundamental rights violation application against the police.

The female lawyer had complained to the Court that the Officer-in-Charge of the Crimes Division of the Matara police headquarters had abused her, on May 28, 2013, when she went there with a client, who had wanted to surrender to the police.

The lawyer had asked the OIC of Crimes on what charge her client was to be arrested. The OIC had answered rudely. The lawyer said she had next gone to the Headquarters Inspector Matara and complained that she had come to the police station to perform her duty and that she had been denied the courtesy which was prescribed in the statute.

The lawyers had alleged arbitrary treatment and a denial of her right to engage in her professional duties.

She had claimed Rs. 1,000,000 as compensation from the Police Department.J. C. Weliamuna appeared with Dulip Gunaratne, Indika Nagaratne, Gayan Prassanga, Ranjith Abeysinghe, Thilini Tennekoon and Dilhara Pathirana for the petitioner.

The date of hearing was fixed for May 30, 2014.

The Bench comprised Justices K. Sripavan, Chandra Ekanayake and Priyasarth Dep.

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