1 October, 2020

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Jaffna Tamils’ Land Grab FR Cases: Justice Sripavan Advises DSG How To Grab Lands Correctly

Several FR cases to prevent the acquiring of a massive area of traditional lands of Jaffna Tamils (an extent about 2/3 of the whole of Colombo) was taken up in the Supreme Court today before Justice K. Sripavan and Justice Sathya Hettige. The third judge who was to sit in that courthouse today was absent.

Justice K. Sripavan

Lawyer K. Guruparan appeared for the petitioners and wanted to support the cases. However Deputy Solicitor General Shavindra Fernando of the Attorney General’s Department appeared for the government and pointed out that the petitions filed were not in order and needed to be amended to correct lots of mistakes before they could be even considered. Court gave the petitioners time to take steps to amend the petition and file proper papers.

The FR cases are now refixed to be supported on the 15.07.2013.

In the meantime Justice Sripavan inquired from the Deputy Solicitor General, why the government can’t make arrangements to correct the technical illegalities complained about by the petitioners and proceed to acquire the lands correctly.

Earlier, a separate group of over 2000 Jaffna Tamils challenging the correctness of any steps to take over their traditional lands altogether was supported in writ applications filed in the Appeal Court and notice was issued on the government to file objections if any to relief being granted.

The Colombo Telegraph is reliably informed that there is speculation in Tamil circles as to why these petitioners chose to file FR cases in the more politicized Supreme Court now run by de facto Chief Justice Mohan Pieris, rather than go by the other option of writ petitions to the Appeal Court.

Many thousands of Tamils would have their traditional lands in the Jaffna Province taken away from them by the ruling Rajapaksa regime unless they succeed in getting relief against the attempt  to take over their lands, which they are at present forcibly prevented from enjoying or even entering.

Related posts;

Appeal Court Issues Notice On Respondents In Cases By 2176 Jaffna Tamils Seeking Relief Against Land Grab By Rajapaksa Regime

702 More Jaffna Tamils Petition Appeal Court To Prevent Damage To Their Tesawalamai Rights By Land Grab Of Rajapaksa regime

Acquisition Notices: Militarization Through Grabbing Of Tamil Lands

1474 Northern Tamils Petition Appeal Court To Help Prevent Grab Of Their Homes By Rajapaksa Regime

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    The Rajapassa brothers with the military have been land and house grabbing in Colombo 7 too. The General Manager of the Bank of Ceylon’s official residence is shut down and guarded by presidential security for the past 3 years.. because a Rajapassa son wants it!
    The historical timber rich trees in Viharamaha Devi Park have been logged and replaced with puny new ones by the Navy under Gota the Goons’s Ministry of Urban Development project! The media is silent on all of this Rajapassa robbery in Colombo in the name of “development”!
    The need of the hour is for the Right to information act rather than destroying free media with Codes of Conduct is the need of the hour.
    The Lankan rupee is crashing as the debt mounts and the corrupt clown Nivard Cabraal at the Central Bank needs $$$ to pay the debt. People need to know the TRUTH about the corrupt Rajapassa brothers and the !

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    Justice Sripavan appears to agree in principle to the ‘grabbing’ of private lands of citizens in the north.
    Will he agree to the ‘grabbing’ of his own home and land on which same is situated for ‘official’ purposes by the state?
    If he does,does it mean that all citizens can own lands only if allowed by the state.
    Does the constitution state that citizens cannot own land unless allowed by the government?

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    “The Colombo Telegraph is reliably informed that there is speculation in Tamil circles as to WHY THESE PETTITIONERS CHOSE TO FILE FR CASES IN THE MORE POLITICIZED SUPREME COURT NOW RUN BY DE FACTO CHIEF JUSTICE MOHAN PERIES, rather than go by the other option …”

    Is it necessary to correct “Tamil Circles” as “Tamil Circles of Colombo”?

    How the ‘Tamil Circles'(of Colombo) know that the Supreme Court is MORE POLITICIZED?

    On the other hand, when the Supreme Court is more politicized as speculated by the ‘Tamil Circles’ (of Colombo), how the very same ‘Tamil Circles'(of Colombo) know that the Court of Appeal would not become more politicized and would deliver Justice in Sri Lanka?

    How is that the ‘Tamil Circles’ (of Colombo) and the ‘Colombo Telegraph’ have not come to know of the FR cases filed a few weeks ago on the same matter by one of the Colombo based TNA lawyers in the Supreme Court chaired by the Chief Justice Mohan Pieris?

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      You know TNA lawyer filed them in AC not in SC

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        Dear Hono!
        You do not know about the cases filed on this matter. Please do not write a comment thinking that you know everything!!

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    this is not a correct news . I was there in Court No 403 when this matter was mentioned. Justice Siripavan only said to the DSG to act in terms of the Law. Nothing wrong in that ….. Justice Siripavan also helpful the counsel for the Petitioner and pointed out several defects in the Petition allowed him to amend the Petition.

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    If the writ for the 1474 is an example of the petitions then they must be full of flaws.

    The writ for 1474 has the names but not a word as to extent or deed of each person.

    Then to make matters worse the writ asks to dispense with the requirement for deeds.

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    So, one Colombo based Lawyer MP of the TNA has filed FR case in the “MORE POLITICIZED” Supreme Court chaired by the “de facto Chief Justice Mohan Pieris” and the other Colombo based Lawyer MP of the very same TNA filed the writ petitions for 1474 without deeds etc. in the “LESS POLITICIZED” Appeal Court!! What is the logic behind and the real objective of the criticism of the ‘Tamil Circles of Colombo’ and the Colombo Telegraph?

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    Any where in the world, the govt has the rights to and so they have taken over lands owned by citizens.

    Tamils saying “land grabbing” is all dirty politics.

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    When Sripavan’s mother died and the family wished her ashes to be interned in their ancestral village they had to get special permission from the Defence Ministry to do as the village came within the High Security Zone. He managed to get permission because of his position but what about the others? So he should understand the plight of the people more than anyone else!

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