Centre for Policy Alternatives on 2 September, 2011

The Centre for Policy Alternatives Vs. Gotabaya Rajapaksha and others (SC FR 453/2011)

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This public interest case was filed by CPA in September 2011. The petition challenged the introduction of new regulations under Section 27 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (Temporary Provisions) Act No.48 of 1979. The Petitioner argued that the Regulations which reproduced many of the provisions in the lapsed Emergency Regulations such as those relating to detainees, purported ‘surrendees’ and local authorities, were ultra vires of the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

CPA drafted a short document related to this case and conducted advocacy on legal issues and implications. CPA is presently preparing for follow up work on this case and related issues including monitoring the implementation of the PTA regulations.