CPA Comms Officer on 29 February, 2024

Judgement: Centre for Policy Alternatives v Attorney General ( SC FR 449/2019)

Categories: Public Interest LitigationResearch and Advocacy
In November 2019, CPA and its Executive Director, filed a fundamental rights application challenging the decision of the then Cabinet of Ministers to allow President Maithripala Sirisena the continuous use of the residence used by him at the time, and to cover the costs associated with the house with public money.  An overview of the petition filed by the CPA in 2019 is available here
In March 2022 The Supreme Court granted the Petitioners leave to proceed with the matter and also ordered interim relief including suspending the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers. Relevant Social media content on the mater can be accessed from here
The Supreme Court today delivered Judgement determining that the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers was “arbitrary, unreasonable, ultra vires, illegal and amounts to a violation of the Rule of Law and the Fundamental Rights guaranteed to the petitioners and citizens of Sri Lanka under Article 12(1) of the Constitution”
The Court also quashed (permanently invalidated) the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers dated 15th of October, 2019. The reasoning and the decision of the Court is available here.