Vasu’s petition challenging Hambantota project dismissed in limine

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The petition filed by UPFA parliamentarian Vasudeva Nanayakkara against the impending leasing of the Hambantota Port and 15,000 acres of land to two Chinese companies was dismissed in limine by the Supreme Court.

The preliminary objection raised by Additional Solicitor General Sanjaya Rajaratnam, President’s counsel, who appeared for the Attorney General was upheld.

Rajaratnam pleaded in the peliminary objections that the petitioner Nanayakkara, had not objected to the agreements between the government of Sri Lanka and the government of China made in 2007, 2012, 2014, under the pervious government of which he was a Cabinet Minister. The then Cabinet approved the project. The petitioner, had referred only to agreements in 2017 after the present government had come to power.

He argued that the petitioner had not come with clean hands. The petition should be dismissed in limine and leave to proceed should not be granted. The agreements had been between the two governments.

Faiz Mustapha President’s Counsel, who appeared for one of the Chinese Construction Companies, made submissions in support of the preliminary objection.

Sanjaya Rajaratnam, PC, with Deputy Solicitor General, Nevin Pulle appeared for the AG.
Faiz Mustapa PC, appeared with Faizar Markar.
Manohara de Silva PC appeared for the petitioner.

The bench comprised Justice Buwanaka Aluwihara, Justic Sisira De Abrew and Justice Anil Gooneratne.

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