21 October, 2020

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Takeover Of Lakshman Kadirgamar’s Land: Court Issues Notice On Lands Minister

The writ petition against the Government take-over of former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar’s land in Jaffna which is set to become a symbolic and landmark case in the ongoing struggle for land in the north was taken up before the Court of Appeal today.

Lakshman Kadirgamar

The Court of Appeal issued notice on the Minister for Lands, Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, Land Acquiring Officer of the Jaffna District A. Sivaswamy and the Land Survey Officer of the Jaffna District who have been cited as respondents in the petition filed by the former Minister’s son last week.

According to the petition, Minister Kadirgamar became sole owner of the prime property on the Keerimalai-Kankesanthurai Road in May 1968. With the Minister’s assassination in 2005 by the LTTE, in accordance with Tesawalamai laws the property passed to his son, Sriraghavan Kadirgamar.

The Minister’s son is praying the court to prevent the respondents from taking any further steps on the acquisition until the application is heard. He also seeking a Writ Certiorari to quash the acquisition notice.

In his petition Minister Kadirgamar’s son says that he is being prevented from using and enjoying his rights to his ancestral property due to barricades and barbed wire fences manned by security forces personnel and unauthorised construction taking place in the vicinity. Evoking the ancient laws of the Jaffna District, the petition says that his ancestral land is tied to the petitioner’s identity and his family’s identity, a facet recognised in the law of Tesawalamai that applies to residents of Jaffna.

Analysts say the high profile victim of an ongoing land grab in the north by the state, will lend a hitherto absent dimension to the northern peoples’ land struggles.

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    In his petition Minister Kadirgamar’s son says that he is being prevented from using and enjoying his rights to his ancestral property due to barricades and barbed wire fences manned by security forces personnel and unauthorized construction taking place in the vicinity.

    this story came on spot light because of Late Kathirkamar’s son; there are thousands of the land grabbing cases were filled by average Tamil citizens
    we have to Thank Sriraghavan Kadirgamar bring this issue to the spot light if he win the case the judgement will become a monumental victory for the land owners, let see

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      He’s so fine wish he were mine
      That good looking boy over there
      the one with the coal black hair..

      Its all about class after all! Rugi is soft spoken, spiritually inclined, high caste, a looker.
      He can show Lanka that its TAMIL ELITE can still give the crude and crass Rajapassa Modayas who think they own the land a run for their DIRTY money and a lesson in class!
      These corrupt, uneducated and criminal land-grabbing so-called leaders of the Sinhalas show the depths to which the country has sunk (with the help of the LTTE barbarians).

      He’s a soft spoken guy,
      O so sweet kind of shy
      makes me wonder if I should even give him a try..

      THE MONEY MAD RAJAPASSA FAMILY NEEDS TO BE GIVEN A RUN FOR THEIR DIRTY MONEY and… DIRTY MONEY POLITICS..

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        Dilhara

        I agree and enjoy your comment.

        If not for the Sinahala, Tamil racial and class war undertones. A bit sad.

        A woman of your intelligence and wit cannot think outside racial & class barriers box.

        Otherwise lovely comment.

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          Ben Darling,

          The racial and class undertones give the comment its spice..

          I don’t give a shit about ‘race’ since it is a European and British colonial fantasy.

          The only difference between Sinhalas and Tamils are the language they speak and CULTURAL practices..

          As for class – today, its mostly about education, ETHICS, PRINCIPLES and access to the English Language..
          Dream on, Ben!

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        Dilhara

        “These corrupt, uneducated and criminal land-grabbing so-called leaders of the Sinhalas show the depths to which the country has sunk (with the help of the LTTE barbarians).”

        How did ancestors of Kadirgamar grab their land, by throwing stones as far as possible in all directions and marking the land within the area as theirs?

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      The Court of Appeal yesterday issued notice, returnable on August 27, on the Minister of Lands and Land Development and the land Acquisition Officer of Jaffna.

      The notice was pertaining to the Writ Application filed by the son of the late Minister of Foreign Affairs and President’s Counsel Lakshman Kadiragamar.

      The Petitioner, Christian Kadiragamar, ([Edited out]) lol, has complained that an ancestral property owned by him, in Valigarnum North Parish, Jaffna is to be acquired by the State for purported public utility purposes. The attempted acquisition is being done under an erroneous law. Hence, it should be prohibited by the Court, he has said.

      The respondents are to be present in court or to be represented by a counsel, on the day notice is returnable.

      J. C. Weliamuna, instructed by Lilanthi de Silva, appeared for the petitioner.

      The Bench comprised Justices S. Sriskandarajah (President) and Malinee Gunaratne. end:

      Kids of Kadirgamar is being harassed by his own party, because he was a threat to Rajapakses becoming PM and in power and he was close to Chandrika.

      Donald Gnanakone.

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    These bloody two penny politicians don’t know who is who in the country’s struggle. We have some idiots who are carrying out government functions and they may have been buried underground all these years. Stupid idiots!!! MR and GR you will face the music if you don’t remove the bunch of idiots who are given importance they don’t know how to use. Not only in land issues, everything is the same. Now many who have left the country don’t want to return due to the disgraceful types that are giving Sri Lanka a bad name. In every sphere it is the same. It is not “What you know but who you know that matters.” All unfit people in big places just glazing the top of everything saying what MR wants to hear. About time they woke up. The country is slipping away.

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    Kadirgamer must be turning in his grave.
    The very government of which he was foreign minister,is looting his former property now inherited by his son.

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    Probably the shameless Jokers believe that all the wealth they rob from our Mother Lanka, they could take with them when they are
    die.

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      They are only robbing from their mothers sons of the motherland. It is not motherland any more it is Pakse Land very soon it will be Gota land.

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    hats off to kadir jnr for taking this to courts!

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      Did you say courts? Unfortunately, Hitlerpaksha is the head of the judiciary! He will deliver judgement. The judges are just puppets on a string.

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        your correct but atleast this high profile case will arouse interest and help the others in the same plight

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    What a shame. I’d this how we treat great men of our country? And he died for this country and we rob him, shame as people of this country are loosing their humanity at an align speed.

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    This is a fine reward for the son of the only man in Sri Lanka who had the guts to say’ rata dekata beddanda denna be’ on TV and being a Tamil t that.
    The Government should be giving the family land andd not trying to confiscate what was once this most eloquent and distinguished of sons of this country.

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    He deserve it.

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