Supreme Court rules petition by SJB against Yugadanavi Deal be heard

The Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) against the controversial deal selling state-owned shares of the Kerawalapitiya Yugadanavi Power plant to a US-company will be heard on November 12, the Supreme Court ruled.

Accordingly, the petition will be taken up before a three-member Supreme Court bench comprising Justices Murdu Fernando, Kumuduni Wickramasinghe and Mahinda Samayawardena.

The FR petition against the Kerawalapitiya deal was filed by SJB Secretary General MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara, citing Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Board of Ministers, West Coast Power (Pvt) Ltd. which owns the Yugadanavi Power Plant, New Fortress Energy the US company receiving shares and the Attorney General as respondents.

The petition points out that the decision to sell the company’s 40 per cent share owned by the government to a US-company is not just, adding that by doing so the monopoly of gas production in Sri Lanka has been handed over to the US and that no proper procurement process was followed in the deal. 

The petition accordingly suggests that the selling of the power plant shares has violated the fundamental rights of the people, thereby demanding a court order nullifying the decision taken by the board of ministers.


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