Connect with us

News

K’gala Mayor present at Johnston’s duty assuming ceremony

Published

on

Arrest warrants suspended pending CA final determination

By Shamindra Ferdinando

Following Wednesday’s Court of Appeal order, suspending the arrest warrant on him, Kurunegala Mayor Thushara Sanjeewa was seen with the newly appointed Highways Minister Johnston Fernando on Thursday (13).

 Thushara was present when Minister Fernando launched a new project to rehabilitate the Wajuragnana road in Kurunagala.

 Addressing the gathering Minister Fernando explained why he had defended the Mayor although interested parties misinterpreted his comments. The Minister reiterated that he would neither protect wrongdoers nor allow innocents to be targeted.

The Mayor, too, in his welcome speech explained the challenges faced by him in the run-up to the general election.

Thushara filed a writ petition on August 11 after Kurunegala Magistrate re-issued warrants after the police failed to execute original arrest orders issued on August 6.

The August 12 order was delivered by a Court of Appeal bench consisting of its President Justice A.H.M.D. Nawaz and Justice Sobhitha Rajakaruna.

 The warrants were suspended pending Court of Appeal determination as regards Kurunegala Mayor’s writ petition to be delivered on August 24.

Kurunegala Magistrate Court also imposed a travel ban preventing the suspects from leaving the country.  The five suspects are Kurunegala Mayor Sanjeeva Thushara Vitharana, Municipal Commissioner Pradeep Nishantha Thilakaratne, Municipal Engineer Chaminda Bandara Adhikari and two other officials, Illaludeen Sulfica and Lakshman Priyantha.

 Attorney General Dappula de Livera, PC, intervened in the wake of heavy reportage of the demolition of a part of an archaeological construction considered the royal pavilion of King Bhuvanaikabahu II. The incident took place over two weeks before the Aug 5 parliamentary election.

 Acting IGP C.D. Wickramaratne was directed to make the arrests on charges under Antiquities Ordinance & the Public Property Act.

 At a recent media conference called by the Attorney General, Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris and Additional Solicitor General Sumathi Dharmawardena explained the failure on the part of the police to execute arrest warrants issued in respect of the fugitives. Focusing on the police inaction, DSG Peiris questioned how fugitive Superintendent of Negombo prison Anuruddha Sampayo visited Hulftsdorp to sign a court document while the police were looking for him.

The DSG went to the extent of suggesting relevant authorities would seek the assistance of the armed forces to execute arrest warrants in the face of police failure to do so.

 A committee appointed by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, having inquired into the Kurunegala incident recommended legal action against all those responsible for the demolition, and the cost of restoration of the site be charged from the individuals and institutions responsible for it. Altogether, the Committee headed by Director-General of Archeology Professor Senarath Dissanayake, included District Secretary R. M. J. Ratnayake, Archaeologist T. G. Kulatunga, Deputy Director of Archeology at the Ministry of Cultural Affairs Archaeologist Prasad Ranasinghe and Director of the Central Cultural Fund Architect Sumedha Matota.

 



Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest News

Nightlife is essential without hindrance to other tourists, residents and businesses – Diana Gamage

Published

on

By

Minister of State for Tourism  Diana Gamage acknowledged that events that emanated noise should be conducted within a soundproof environment without causing any inconvenience or disturbance to other tourists who are here to relax, residents of the area and other businesses inasmuch its necessity to boost the economy by generating revenue.

She made this comment speaking at a press conference themed ‘Collective path to a stable country’ at the Presidential Media Centre today (22),

As debates continue regarding the regulation of nightlife, she urged stakeholders to consider the broader economic implications and the vital role that nightlife plays in driving economic activity and sustaining national finances. She further emphasized the importance of providing entertainment options to tourists, particularly in beach areas, which are major attractions for visitors. According to her, nightlife plays a crucial role in catering to the needs of tourists, not only in beach areas but also in urban centres like Colombo. The Minister noted that current regulations often restrict entertainment options, citing examples such as early last orders in hotels and restaurants, which may not align with the preferences of international tourists.

Drawing attention to the diverse origins of tourists, including those from the UK, France, and Germany, the State Minister Diana Gamage emphasized the need for flexibility in entertainment hours to accommodate varying cultural norms and preferences.

As discussions on tourism regulations continue, stakeholders are encouraged to consider the perspectives of tourists and the potential economic benefits of promoting a vibrant nightlife scene. The Minister’s remarks underscore the importance of striking a balance between regulation and the provision of entertainment options to ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience for visitors to Sri Lanka.

Continue Reading

Latest News

All vocational training institutes in Sri Lanka should be consolidated into a single vocational college – President

Published

on

By

President Ranil Wickremesinghe during an observation tour at the Ratmalana Lalith Athulathmudali Vocational Training Centre, this morning (22) , outlined plans to consolidate all vocational training institutes in Sri Lanka into a single vocational college, offering contemporary subject-related courses.

He said that the restructuring of vocational education was  essential to align with the demands of the modern world, ensuring that the youth of the country are equipped to excel in the competitive global job market.

.

Continue Reading

News

Opposition threatens to move no-faith motion against Speaker over OSB

Published

on

Speaker Abeywardena

By Saman Indrajith

Opposition and SJB leader Sajith Premnadasa told Parliament yesterday that the Online Safety Bill had been passed in violation of the law and unless remedial action was taken, a no-faith motion would be brought against Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.

Premadasa said that Article 123(4) of the Constitution says, “Where any Bill, or the provision of any Bill, has been determined, or is deemed to have been determined, to be inconsistent with the Constitution, such Bill or such provision shall not be passed except in the manner stated in the determination of the Supreme Court.”

Premadasa said: “It is illegal to pass a Bill without adhering to this constitutional provision. There were nine instances where the government overlooked the Supreme Court determination on the Bill. The Speaker allowed that to happen despite our protests. The Justice Minister, too, has admitted that there are flaws in the Act. How could that happen? Rectify them immediately, or we will bring a no-confidence motion against the Speaker.”

Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said that even if the Supreme Court determined that a section or clause of a draft Bill was inconsistent with the Constitution, a Bill could be passed by Parliament. It could be done with either a two-thirds majority or two-thirds majority plus people’s approval from a referendum. A case cannot be filed against the way the Speaker or an MP behaved in this House as they have immunity. Former Speaker Anura Bandaranaike, too, has given a ruling on this issue and we still consider it as a precedent to be upheld. With regard to the Online Safety Bill, the Attorney General has instructed Public Security Minister Tiran Alles to incorporate some amendments as per the Supreme Court determination and to bring other recommended amendments in the form of a separate Amendment Bill. I was not a party to that discussion. This Amendment Bill was presented to the Cabinet and approval was granted and now is at the Legal Draftsman’s Department. Thereafter, it would be referred to the Cabinet again and with that approval we can have it here in this House for consideration,” the Minister said.

Continue Reading

Trending