2 February, 2023


Appeal Courts Instruct UDA To Stop Damaging/Destroying Houses In 34 Watte Until Matter Is Settled In Court

Petitioners of ’34 Watte’ in Wanathamulla, Borella whose houses were demolished last week by the UDA in a clear violation of the undertaking they made before the Human Rights Commission, are due to meet with the UDA tomorrow with their lawyers to discuss a settlement to the issue, as instructed by the Appeal Courts yesterday.

Gota Raja colombotelegraphAppeal Court judge Upaly Abeyrathne had instructed the UDA to discuss with the petitioners and their lawyers of the possibility of amicably settling the issue when the case was heard today while also emphasizing in open court that no steps should be taken to damage or destroy the petitioners homes until the matter was gone into and decided the Court.

Senior Counsel M A Sumanthiran who appeared on behalf of the petitioners had stated that the petitioners were all granted these lands which they are presently being forced to leave, through deeds executed by the Colombo Municipal Council as far back as 1979. He had pointed out therefore, the attempts being made to evict them from their land were lacking procedures set out in law and urged the Deputy Solicitor General Aruna Obeysekara who appeared on behalf of the UDA to cite legal basis used to effect the evictions.

Obeysekea had informed the Courts that the residents of 34 Watte were being ousted in order to provide better accommodation to undeserved households within Colombo inclusive of all amenities. But the Counsel appearing for the petitioners had stated that the government was misguided since they have not consulted the people on their needs nor offered a legal basis behind their actions.

It had also been pointed out that despite the government’s claims, the petitioners would actually be worse off if they moved to the alternative housing that has been offered by the UDA as they are smaller in floor size and since the families have been asked to pay Rs. 100,000 for each apartment within three months of moving in and a considerable amount of money over the next two/three decades in order to obtain their title to the property. It should be noted that these demands have been made despite the petitioners possessing legal titles to their houses at present and residing in them as rightful owners for decades.

The case had been revised for further re-fixed for further support on September 26.

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  • 4

    Appeal Court judge Upaly Abeyrathne – May God bless you for being brave. But at the same time I am worried about your future too. You need to be careful on the road particularly for speeding CTB bus or Lorry driven by “Drunken” drivers.

  • 3

    Is this the aftermath of the UVA elections?

    Has the MARA/GORA empire started to collapse?

    I just cannot believe my eyes or is it a gimmick. Someone please enlighten me. I am totally lost. This is by far the first ruling favouring the poor affected party against the State after the ouster of the legitimate Chief Justice and planting of the Thief Justice in it’s place, by MARA.

    It’s like Ripley’s believe it TV show, where the presenter says, “Unbelievable,Believe it…

    • 1

      Well well too bad the Judge is asking the 34 watte house owners to settle amicably with the UDA. Doesn’t he know the TOP man who bosses the UDA is also the Offense Secretary with whom these people CANNOT AND WILL NOT have any fairness. He as usual will use the iron arm of the MOD and silence these people either with a a threat through Military personael or an accident may happen..

      Beuatification is fine so long PEOPLE will be living in Colombo than an empty city with Huge Sky Scrapers and gardens ONLY affordable to super rich for which the contractors pay hefty commissions… case in point KRISS

  • 1

    Hon.Judge Upali Abeyratne,
    Well done! You have nothing to worry. They did tried everything to stop SF but failed. I put uou down in the same category as SF.
    “Dammo Hawe Dammachaaree”

    There is an internationally accepted procedure to follow before someone is evicted from his or her property. If Gota wants to learn about it I will be more than willing to help.

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