Jul 13, 2018

Risath’s affidavit puts off court ruling Featured

The verdict in a court case against a group including minister Risath Bathiudeen, due today (13), has been put off until Jul6 20, after the minister submitted a sworn affidavit.

The case seeks an order to declare the clearing of part of Wilpattu national park to build houses as being illegal.

The minister’s sworn affidavit claims the area in question had been a village, whose residents had been driven away by the LTTE in 1990.

After the end of the war, the villagers want to resettle in their village, it says.

However, lawyer Nagananda Kodituwakku disputed it and said a separate case has been filed for misleading the judiciary by the claim.

He also refuted an allegation that the case has been filed against Muslims.

He charged the minister was directly responsible for the destruction of the Wilpattu national park.

Kodituwakku said that such a person would not remain as a minister if the country had a president with a backbone.

He cited this as yet another instance of the breakdown of the law and order, and said that patriots should unite and do something if the government or civil society organizations did not act against the destruction of forests.