Supreme Court rejects petition against demarcation of Ambagamuwa locality

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Monday rejected a fundamental rights petition filed against the new delimitations of the Ambagamuwa Pradeshiya Sabha without further consideration.

The petition has been filed by a former member of the Ambagamuwa Pradeshiya Sabha H. P. Nandaraja requesting the court to void the gazette notification issued by the subject minister of the delimitation of the Pradeshiya Sabha.

The petition was taken up before a three-judge bench comprising justices Sisira de Abrew, Priyantha Jayawardena and KT Chithrasiri.

The petitioner claimed that the gazette notice issued demarcating the Ambagamuwa Pradeshiya Sabha into three divisions – Ambagamuwa, Maskeliya and Norwood- is against the law and it violates the fundamental rights of the petitioner.

Therefore, the petitioner requested the court to issue an interim order to prohibit the holding of a new election for the Ambagamuwa Pradeshiya Sabha.

State counsel on behalf of the Attorney General representing the respondents stated that by law the Minister in charge of the subject of Local Government is vested with powers to establish new Pradeshiya Sabhas.

The state counsel said there is no legal basis to the petition and therefore requested the court to dismiss the petition.

The apex court considering the facts submitted decided to reject the petition as there is no proper legal basis to continue.


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