Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 February, 2010

Alagiyawanna Vs. Rupavahini (SC FR 73/10)

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In February 2010 The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) assisted in another case where the petitioner A.M.K.H.K. Alagiyawanna who was an employee of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) was interdicted by the newly appointed chairman along with a group of other employees. In his fundamental rights petition he stated that the trade unions of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation decided to work together to maintain the integrity and the ethics of the media profession of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation during elections. A.M.K.H.K. Alagiyawanna in his petition stated that despite the appointment of the Competent Authority by the Elections Commissioner, the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation deliberately ignored the Guidelines issued by the Elections Commissioner. The petitioner further stated that a protest was conducted by the trade unions of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation against the arbitrary and unethical use of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation. After the Presidential Election the Petitioner and several others received letters of terminating their services. Leave to proceed was granted and the case is currently pending in courts.