Dr. Chamal Sanjeewa has filed a fundamental rights petition before the Supreme Court challenging the decision to suspend him after he disclosed information of child malnutrition in Sooriyawewa, Hambantota.
The President of the Medical and Civil Rights Professional Association Dr. Sanjeewa said the decision by health authorities to suspend him following his statement of child malnutrition is a violation of his basic human rights.
Dr. Sanjeewa also demanded a compensation of Rs.10 million through the petition.
Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella, the Secretary to the Ministry of Health, the Director General of Health Services, Chairman of the Public Service Commission and its members, the Attorney General, and 23 others have been cited as respondents.
The petitioner claims that the Health Service Committee of the Public Service Commission suspended him on the 25th of October on the recommendation of the Secretary of the Ministry of Health.
The petitioner stated that he organised a health clinic in Sooriyawewa, Hambantota and conducted a survey on child malnutrition in the area.
He claimed that six among every 20 children who attended the clinic were found to be severely malnourished, while 50 to 80 percent of children were underweight.
The petitioner said a statement he made of the findings was shared via media and social media.
Subsequently, he appeared before a special investigation committee of the Ministry of Health on the 26th of September after being summoned to record a statement of his findings.
The petitioner said the respondents subsequently suspended him without a valid reason claiming he violated Section 31.1.15 of the Institutions Code.
The petitioner therefore requested the Supreme Court to rule that his human rights have been violated and to issue an order annulling the decision taken by the respondents to suspend him and to reinstate him.