The Supreme Court has dismissed the Petition filed by Petitioner Muhammed Fazl with regard to the 65000 housing project initiated by the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs.
Appearing for Minister D.M. Swaminathan, Senior Counsel Upul Jayasuriya made submissions before the Supreme Court, stating that the Petitioner has filed the application with the intent of misleading court and the public at large by sighting the 1st Respondent Minister as the Chairman of the Cabinet Appointed Negotiating Committee, when in fact all members of the CANC are officials of Ministries and no Minister sits as a member of any such committee and further submitted that a Contempt of Court Application has been filed on that basis.
Rajaratnam (PC) appearing on behalf of the Cabinet of Ministers submitted that the reliefs sought cannot be granted at this stage or any stage of this application and that the application must be dismissed.
SanjeewaJayawardena (PC), appearing on behalf of ArcelorMittal Construction France submitted that in excess of 97,000 applications have been made to dated, in response to the 2 sample houses that have constructed by ArcelorMittal Construction France. He further submitted that the Petitioner has no locus standi as the 97,000 applicants who are going to be the beneficiaries to the houses have not been made parties to the application.
Jayasuriya submitted that the displaced families have been living under polythene shacks since 2009 and that it is imperative that an urgent solution is given to the displaced persons of the Northern and Eastern provinces as a protest of nearly 20,000 persons is imminent as reported by a frontline newspaper. (Colombo Gazette)