Three fundamental rights applications bearing Nos. SC (FR) 665/2012, SC (FR) 666/2012 & SC (FR) 667/2012 filed by an artist, a trade unionist and a trade unionist cum lawyer seeking declarations from the Supreme Court that Standing Order 78A of the Constitution is ultra vires and null and void and of no force or effect in law in terms of the petitioners’ fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution, came up for hearing today (21.01.2013) in the Supreme Court before Justices Nimal Gamini Amaratunge, P. A. Ratnayake and Eva Wanasundera.
The petitioners in the three cases are Chandragupta Thenuwara (actor), Janaka Adikari (lawyer and trade unionist) and Mahinda Jayasinghe (trade unionist). They urge court through their petitions that the applications are made not merely in their own right but with the higher objective of safeguarding the rights and interests of the general public and securing due respect, regard for and adherence to the Rule of Law and the Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land. They urge that unless the court grants relief as sought, they and the citizens of Sri Lanka would be deprived of due protection of their fundamental rights by denying them the right to an independent judiciary.