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Supreme Court to examine IGP Pujith’s petition

The Supreme Court will on June 24 examine the Fundamental Rights petition filed by Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundera against him being sent on Compulsory Leave.

A three-judge bench comprising Supreme Court Justices Buveneka Aluwihare, Prasanna Jayawardena and L T B Dehideniya is yet to rule whether the petition will be accepted.

In the Petition, Jayasundera pleads that he has been sent on Compulsory Leave unlawfully and asks the court to reinstate him as Police Chief.

Additional Solicitor General Indika Demuni who appeared for the Attorney General asked for a postponement arguing that some of the respondents are yet to receive notice.

She also pointed out that the petitions against Jayasundera and former Secretary to the Ministry of Defense Hemasiri Fernando by people aggrieved by the Easter attacks are due to be heard on July 12.

She asked the court to postpone this petition until those cases are over.

Attorney for Jayasundera Viran Corea submitted that the current petition was of great importance for the petitioner and that it should be heard as soon as possible.

The court ordered that the notices to the respondents be sent by Registered Mail and that a hearing will take place on June 24.

More to follow……….

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