Attorney General Dappula de Livera informed the Supreme Court yesterday that he would not appear on behalf of the first and second respondents, namely Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, respectively in the 12 Fundamental Rights petitions filed in relation to the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

The petitions were taken up before a fuller bench comprising seven judges of the Supreme Court and the petitions were fixed for support on July 25.

A seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya directed the respondent parties, including the Attorney General, to file their limited objections regarding the petitions on or before July 18. The petitioners were also directed to file their counter objections on July 23.

Attorney General de Livera yesterday appeared in person before the Supreme Court to represent the interests of the DIG B. Dissanayake and the Attorney General. Attorney General de Livera told Court that he would not appear on behalf of the first and second respondents, namely the Inspector General of Police and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, respectively.

Meanwhile, Senior Counsel Viran Corea appearing for the first respondent (the IGP) informed Court that his client has already filed limited objections against these petitions and copies of the limited objections have been handed over to the Attorney General and other parties. President’s Counsel Anuja Premaratne appearing for former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando stated that his client has also filed limited objections against the petitions.

Through these petitions, petitioners are pleading an order to prosecute those directly or indirectly responsible for the Easter terror attacks. They are also claiming compensation for the victims of these attacks. The twelve Fundamental Rights petitions, including a petition filed by a father of two deceased children who died during Easter Sunday attack, are to be taken up for hearing on the next date.
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