The Supreme Court today ordered the Fundamental Rights petitions filed against the transfer of 40% of shares of the Yugadanavi Power Plant in Kerawalapitiya, to an American firm, to be considered on the 16th of December.
The petitions will be taken up for consideration before a five-member bench headed by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya.
The bench also comprises Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Priyantha Jayawardena, Vijith Malalgoda and LTB Dehideniya.
An order was issued to consider the petitions on the 16th and 17th of December.
Court ordered the Attorney General to file objections before the 6th of December.
Petitioners have been granted time till the 13th of December to file counter-objections.
The petitions were filed by over 10 groups including Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya and the JVP.
The Cabinet of Ministers including Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the American company, New Fortress Energy, and the Attorney General have been named as respondents.
The petitions state the decision reached by the Cabinet, to transfer 40% of shares of the Yugadanavi Power Plant to an American firm, was unjust.
The petition further states the respondent American firm will have a monopoly on the production of gas in Sri Lanka through the transfer of shares, adding a stringent tender procedure was not followed when transferring the shares.
The petitioners request the Supreme Court to issue a verdict stating people’s fundamental rights were violated through the decision reached by the Cabinet to transfer shares, without conducting a fair study, and an order to invalidate the Cabinet decision.