Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 June, 2007

Kandaswamy Rasalingam Vs. Inspector General of Police (217/2007)

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In June 2007, CPA filed a fundamental rights application in the Supreme Court seeking relief and effective redress in respect of the eviction of Tamil persons from Colombo and the prevention of Tamil persons from entering and / or staying in any part of Colombo. This was filed in the aftermath of several persons being forcibly rounded up in the Wellawatte police division and taken in buses to an unknown destination by the Police. The matter which is an in violation of Article 11, 12(1), 12(2), 13(1), 13(2) and 14(1) (h) of the Constitution was supported on the same day and the Supreme Court granted interim relief and issued notice on the Respondents. In May 2008, the Sri Lanka Supreme Court issued an order barring security forces from evicting ethnic Tamils without a court order.