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Ven. Elle Gunawansa Thero and Cardinal file FR before SC over Yugadanavi deal

A Fundamental Rights Petition against the transfer of shares of the Yugadanavi LNG Power Plant in Kerawalapitiya has been filed before the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka by Venerable Elle Gunawansa Thero and His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith.

The application seeks an order to prevent New Fortress Inc from obtaining the LNG supply contract.

54 persons have been named as respondents, including Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, New Fortress Inc, several Cabinet Ministers and Ministerial Secretaries.

The petitioners have requested for the Court’s declaration that their Fundamental Rights as well as the rights of the entire citizenry and their future generations guaranteed to them under Article 12(1) of the Constitution has been infringed and/or are continuing to be infringed and/or are in imminent danger of being infringed by the actions of the Respondents with regard to the Yugadanavi deal.

Additionally, the duo requests for the Court to null the decision made by the Cabinet of Ministers pertaining to the Yugadanavi agreement and therefore prevent the agreement from being enforced until the examination of the application is concluded.