Thursday, 23 January 2014 - 19:24
SC orders 577 families to vacate Apalwatta before 31st January
The Supreme Court ordered 577 families of Apalwatta in Maligawatte to vacate the area before the 31st of this month.
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The order was given after the Supreme Court considered a petition filed by the residents of Apalwatta against demolishing their houses by the Urban Development Authority.
The Supreme Court also ordered the Urban Development Authority to pay house rentals to the needy until they are provided with permanent shelter.
The Urban Development Authority has informed the Supreme Court that it is ready to provide the residents of Apalwatta with permanent shelter instead unauthorized structures and necessary house rentals as well.
Meanwhile Puttalam High Court Judge Priyantha Fernando stated that the case against former North Western Provincial Councilor Ananda Sarath Kumara for kneeling down a female teacher will be taken for trial on the 24th of February and the 6th of March.
The Judge also informed that the evidences from the 2nd and the 3rd witnesses will not be necessary but informed the 5th, the 6th and the 7th witnesses to give evidence on the 2 scheduled court days.
The incident of kneeling down a female teacher of Navagattegama Navodya school by a former PC member was reported on the 4th of July last year.