The Supreme Court today (21) granted time for the Attorney General to file limited objections related to the fundamental rights petition seeking to annul the government’s decision to lift the ban imposed on glyphosate.
The petition in this regard was taken up before justices Murdhu Fernando, Kumuduni Wickramasinghe, and Gamini Amarasekara.
The State Counsel representing the government requested court to grant a date to present the objections related to the petition.
Accordingly, the Supreme Court ordered that the objections be filed on the 12th of October.
Court also ordered the petitioner to issue notice to the Consumer Affairs Authority and the Central Environment Authority to be present in Court on the 12th of next month.
The petition was filed by the Centre for Environmental Justice and its senior scientist Hemantha Withanage.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Minister of Finance, the Registrar of Pesticides, the Ministers of Agriculture and Health, the Director General of Health Services, the Central Environmental Authority, the Consumer Affairs Authority, and the Attorney General have been cited as respondents in the petition.
The petitioner claims that a Gazette Notification has been issued at present lifting the ban imposed on glyphosate in 2017.
The petition cites that the use of glyphosate negatively impacts water bodies and also affects soil and plants.
The petitioner claims that glyphosate also adversely affects one’s health while fish and birds will also be affected.
The petitioner informed Court that lifting the ban imposed on glyphosate is a violation of citizens’ fundamental rights and called for an interim order to suspend the lifting of the ban.
An Extraordinary Gazette Notification was issued permitting the importation of glyphosate recently.
The Gazette Notification was undersigned by President Ranil Wickremesinghe in his capacity as Minister of Finance, dated the 5th of August.