Minister Harin Fernando withdraws fundamental rights petition

Monday, 18 September 2023 - 21:38

Minister Harin Fernando's fundamental rights petition, which sought an order to prevent his arrest in connection with investigations related to the Easter Sunday terror attack incident, has been formally withdrawn.

The decision to withdraw the petition was communicated to the Supreme Court by Minister Fernando's legal representative, as reported by the Hiru court reporter.

The attorney representing the minister informed the court that the Attorney General had issued directives to the police to expedite the investigations involving Minister Harin Fernando, who had provided a statement concerning the Easter Sunday terror attack incident. Consequently, it was decided to withdraw the petition.

Subsequently, the bench, presided over by Justices Gamini Amarasekara, Mahinda Samayawardena, and Arjuna Obeyasekara, permitted the withdrawal of the petition and subsequently dismissed it.

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