The Attorney General has informed the Supreme Court that ‘car permit abuse is not a matter of National Importance’ and therefore there is no need for a fuller bench to be nominated to consider the case filed by a right’s activist over the abuse of car permits given to MPs.
However, despite the Attorney General’s stand, the Supreme Court decided to refer the matter to the Chief Justice to consider nomination of a special bench and afforded an early date on 18th July 2016 to the right’s activist to support the case.
The case filed against the President Maithripala Sirisena and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake by rights activist Nagananda Kodituwakku for MP car permit abuse. The Attorney General gave his standing on the matter when the case was taken up at the Supreme Court yesterday.
The activist submitted to the Court that the matter involves gross betrayal of people’s executive and legislative power by the Cabinet of Ministers and MPs as they have betrayed the power entrusted in them by the people purely on trust to commit revenue frauds and therefore there is an unavoidable national duty vested in the Judiciary, to take cognizance of these financial crimes and deal with wrongdoers decisively and appropriately.
Producing two permits and the Customs declarations presented to Customs by Udaya Gammanpila and Asanga Semasighe for clearance of two more Toyota Land Cruisers Diesel vehicles recently, evading the payment of fiscal levies of Rs. 33.5 million each, the activist submitted to the court that the MP permit abuse would incur over Rs. 6 billion in revenue loss as permits are freely sold in the open market for Rs. 25 million or more as the permits have been issued with no conditions attached. Therefore, considering the National Importance in the case where the people’s executive and legislative power have been openly abused the activist requested the Court to fix the matter for early date to support before a fuller bench.
However, the Attorney General submitted to the Court that the ‘permit abuse is not a matter of National Importance’ and therefore there is no need for a fuller bench to be nominated to consider the matter.