FR petitions against MCC deal fixed for support on 31 Jan

The Fundamental Rights (FR) petitions filed against the signing of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Agreement have been fixed for support on 31 January 2020.

The petitions were taken up before the five-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justices L.T.B. Dehideniya, Buwaneka Aluwihare, S. Thurairajah, Murdu Fernando and Gamini Amarasekara.

Deputy Solicitor General Farzana Jameel, speaking on behalf of the Attorney General, told the judge bench that respondent Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera has received only the petitions while its annexes were missing.

Hence, she sought the Supreme Court to fix a date to present submissions in this regard.

The FR petitions against the signing of the MCC Agreement were filed by the GMOA, Ven. Anguruwelle Jinananda Thera and Attorney-at-Law Darshana Weraduwage.

The Attorney General, President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana and Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera have been cited as respondents.