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BASL seeks SC permission to intervene in Uma Oya FR case

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) yesterday sought permission from the Supreme Court to intervene in the fundamental rights violation petition, filed in respect of the Uma Oya Development Project. The BASL has alleged that the state has not yet filed the project report.


Senior Deputy Solicitor General Parinda Ranasingha said the state had received the project report from the relevant authority only the previous evening. The delay was not on the part of the Attorney General, he added.


The Centre for Environmental Justice and residents of Bandarawela area has complained to the Supreme Court by way of a fundamental rights violation petition that the diversion of water from Uma Oya to Moneragala has caused severe hardships to the residents of Bandarawela and the farmers there who need water for agricultural purposes.


President’s Counsel Dr W. D. Rodrigo appeared for the intervenient, the BASL.


Ravindranath Dabare appeared with Nilmal Wickramasingha for the Centre for Environmental Justice and the other petitioners.


The case will be called again on September 29.


The bench comprised Justice Sisira De Abrew, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena and Justice Nalin Perera.

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