SC gives IGP, Defence Secy, AG time to submit procedures in other countries

Preventing protests from inconveniencing public

By Chitra Weerarathne

The Supreme Court, yesterday directed the Secretary Defence, the IGP, the Attorney General and petitioner Sanath Kumara Athukorale, to submit to the court, by February 19, 2014, the procedure followed in other countries, to prevent demonstrations and protest rallies from inconveniencing the public.

The petitioner, Sanath Athukorala, has complained to the Court that on July 3, 2013 there was a demonstration on High Level Road, Nugegoda, and he was not able to take his daughter Sathma, to Musaeus College, Colombo 7 on time.

He has requested the court to direct the authorities to formulate guidelines, which would help the police to curtail unauthorised protests on public highways. The parties were given time till February 19, to submit written submissions.

Rasika Dissanayake, instructed by Sanath Wijewardene, appeared for the petitioner.

The Deputy Solicitor General Parinda Ranasinghe, appeared for the state.

The bench comprised the Chief Justice, Mohan Pieris, Justice Chandra Ekanayake and Justice Rohini Marasinghe.

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