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Petitions by Gen. Fonseka on his Rights violations PDF Print E-mail
UNF Common candidate for the January 26 presidential election General Sarath Fonseka filed a fundamental rights violation application on Monday in the Supreme Court against the Independent Television Network, the Rupavahini Corporation, and the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited.

He has requested the court to take the hearing on the case today as they are very urgent.   He has mentioned the directors of the state media, the election Commissioner and the secretary of the UPFA as opponents. He requests the court to order the state media to stop violating his Rights by broadcasting false reports against him to demean him.

A fuller bench with five Supreme Court judges will hear the fundamental rights applications filed by common candidate, General Sarath Fonseka challenging the state media institution, today.

The three applications filed by General Fonseka will be supported by Upul Jayasuriya PC, Wijedasa Rajapaksa PC and Srinath Perera PC.

General Fonseka has cited Chairman of ANCL, Bandula Padmakumara, Silumina Editor, Karunadasa Suriyarachchi, Dinamina Editor, Mahinda Abeysundara, the Editor of the Daily News, Jayatilake Silva and Dinesh Weerawanna, editor of the Sunday Observer as respondents in his application against Lake House. He cited SLRC chairman, Ariyaratne Athugala as a respondent in the case against SLRC while Anura Siriwardena, chairman ITN and Sudarman Radaliyagoda, Deputy General Manager as respondents in the case against the ITN.

The petitioner has cited the Commissioner of Elections and United People’s Freedom Alliance, General Secretary, Susil Premajayantha as respondents in all the cases.
In the application filed through Samararatne Associates, Gen. Fonseka stated under the Presidential Election Act, the Commissioner of Elections is empowered to prohibit the use of public property for promotion and perusing of an election campaign by written direction.

He asked court to issue a declaration that his fundamental rights to equal protection of the law and freedom of speech and expression had been violated by the conduct of the respondents.

Today (16th) the five-member bench comprising Chief Justice Asoka de Silva, Justices Shirani Tilakawardena, N.G. Ameratunga, S. Marsoof and K. Sripavana agreed to hear the case promptly and informed the petitioners to rectify any shortcomings in the petition and submit it once again to the court tomorrow. Further the Supreme Court is also due to take up the FR petition filed by General Fonseka on his security tomorrow the 17th.

 
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