The Supreme Court will resume hearing petitions that have been backed by three ministers against the controversial Yugadanavi deal tomorrow (10) against the backdrop of State Minister Susil Premjayantha being sacked for publicly criticizing the government.
Having recently told editors of national newspapers that dissident ministers, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Wimal Weerawansa and Udaya Gammanpila wouldn’t be sacked though he believed they should have quit ministerial portfolios before challenging the cabinet decision on the Yugadanavi agreement finalized on Sept 17 in court, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa last week stripped Colombo District MP Susil Premajayantha, a senior politician who has held many cabinet positions, of his state ministry.
The five-judge-bench that will rule on this matter comprises Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena, Justice Vijith Malalgoda and Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya.
When the case was heard on Dec 16 and 17. The judges wanted to resume hearing on Dec 21 and continue the following day. The bench put off the case to Jan 10 consequent to an appeal by Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam, PC, appearing for the respondents requesting that proceedings not resume on Dec 21.
In a parallel development, a civil society activist on Friday (07) moved the SC against the recently concluded agreement on the Trincomalee oil tank farm. Top SJB spokesmperson Mujibur Rahuman told The Sunday Island that whatever the Supreme Court ruling it would be pertinent to mention that the Parliament would be reopened next week after a controversial prorogation soon after the House approved the budget.
In the Yugadanavi case, the seller (Government of Sri Lanka) and the buyer, New Fortress Energy Sri Lanka Power Holding LLC, signed the agreement on Sept. 17, 2021 in Colombo.