The Court of Appeal today ordered the writ petition filed calling for a criminal investigation to be conducted over the distribution of substandard LP gas cylinders, to be considered tomorrow.
The order was issued by a bench comprising Chairman of the Appeals Court Justice Priyantha Fernando and Sampath Abeykoon.
The petition was filed by civil activist Attorney Nagananda Kodituwakku.
The petition called for an order to be issued to the Inspector General of Police to conduct the relevant criminal investigation.
Another request is to direct the Litro Gas and Laugfs Gas companies to compensate owners of residences that reported damages due to gas related accidents.
Attorney Nagananda Kodituwakku also requested the cylinders containing the controversial gas stocks be removed from the market.
10 parties including the Attorney General, Minister of Trade Bandula Gunawardana, State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna, the two gas companies, Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Authority and Sri Lanka Standards Institution have been named as respondents.
Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Standards Institution, the Consumer Affairs Authority and the State Ministry of Consumer Protection appeared before the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka today, based on complaints lodged by a group of social activists including the Sri Lanka Young Journalists’ Association, calling for an investigation pertaining to the negligence of state institutions regarding the gas issue.