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Journalist’s detention: SC grants leave to proceed in FR case

COLOMBO: The Supreme Court yesterday granted leave to proceed with the fundamental rights case filed by ‘Maubima’ journalist, M. Parameshwari, who has been detained by the Terrorist Investigations Division (TID).

The case was taken up for hearing before a bench comprising Supreme Court Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranaike (President), Supreme Court Justice Rajah Fernando and Supreme Court Justice Andrew Somawansa.

Petitioner, Parameshwari (25) cited Director of the Terrorist Investigation Division and two others as respondents.

Petitioner stated that she was taken into custody and detained unlawfully by the TID. She stated that she was attached to the Maubima Newspaper as a journalist. While she was at her boarding place her friend in the room received a telephone call on January 23, 2007 that the petitioner’s brother was abducted and was detained in a van near a film theatre in Wellawatta.

Parameshwari said that they set off to the site where they too were abducted by the persons in the van. Thereafter they taken to the TID headquarters in Chaithya Road, Colombo.

The petitioner said they were arrested and detained unlawfully. They were not yet produced before a Magistrate.

Petitioner pleaded before Court to grant leave to proceed with the fundamental case and declare that the fundamental rights of the petitioner in articles 12 (1), 12 (2), 13 (1) guaranteed by the Constitution have been violated by the respondents. She also claimed a compensation of Rs one million.

The Court fixed March 8 to file objection and for hearing if necessary.

Deputy Solicitor General S. Rajaratnam appeared for the respondents while Attorney J.C. Weliamuna appeared for the petitioner instructed by Gauri Sangari Thawarasa.

 

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