ITAK taken to SC over separatism

By Chitra Weerarathne

The Supreme Court yesterday, reserved the order in respect of the petition filed by H. K. Don Chandrasoma of Kelaniya, citing as respondents, Mavai S. Senathirajah, the secretary of the Illankai Tamil Arasa Kachchi of Jaffna and the Elections Commissioner.

The petitioner had said that in the absence of an explicit statement in the ITAK’s Constitution that it did not have the goal of caving out a separate state, the inference to be drawn was that it aimed at establishing a separate state in Sri Lanka.

The petition has requested a declaration from the court to that effect.

Counsel Dharshan Weerasekera, appeared for the petitioner.

Counsel M. A. Sumanthiran appeared for Mavai Senathirajah, the first respondent.

Deputy Solicitor General, Nerin Pulle, appeared for the Attorney General, and the commissioner of election.

 

The Bench comprised Justice Priyasarth Dep, Justice Upali Abeyratne and Justice Anil Gooneratne.