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Terror victim parent files FR petition against IGP and ex-Defence Secy

The Supreme Court will hear on 21 a May a fundamental rights petition against IGP Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando filed by a parent who had lost two children in the Easter Sunday bombings.

The petitioner is one Saman Nandana Sirimanne, the father of late Medha Sathsarani Sirimanne, 21, and late Imesh Thiwanka Sirimanne, 19, who died in the suicide blast at the St. Anthony’s shrine in Kochchikade. The petitioner, arguing that the IGP and former Secretary to the Ministry of Defence had failed to prevent the attack, seeks legal action against the two respondents under the Penal Code.

When no attorney appeared on behalf of either the IGP or the former secretary in court today, summons were re-issued to the two respondents, our court reporter said.

The bench comprised Justice Prasanna Jayawardena, Justice Murdu Fernando and Justice E. A. G. A. Amarasekera.

Counsel representing the Attorney General – also named a respondent – informed Court that his Department has decided not to appear on behalf of either respondent.

Accoring to the petitioner, his daughter Medha Sathsarani Sirimanne was an external undergraduate at the Kelaniya University, while his son Imesh Thivanka Sirimanne was to sit for his GCE Advanced Level examinations this year.

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