A petition has been filed at the Court of Appeal seeking an interim injunction order on the importation of organic fertiliser from foreign countries.
The petition was filed by the Centre for Environmental Justice.
Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage, State Minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa, Director General of Agriculture, the Director of the National Fertiliser Secretariat, the Central Environmental Authority, the Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General have been cited as respondents.
The petitioners claimed that the government decided to import 96,000MT of organic fertiliser from a Chinese company, which was found to contain harmful bacteria and insects.
The petition states that the use of substandard organic fertiliser in this manner is an offence under the Plant Conservation Act, the Wildlife and Flora Ordinance and other ordinances.
The petition also seeks an interim injunction against the implementation of the decision taken to import organic fertiliser until a final decision is taken after hearing of the petition.
The petitioners requested an order be issued to the IGP and the Attorney General to enforce the law against government officials who decided to import substandard organic fertiliser.