In a landmark legal triumph, the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) has successfully held the Rajapaksa administration accountable before the Supreme Court for their egregious governance failures.
2022 will be etched in the memories of Sri Lankans as a year of profound hardship, marked by severe shortages of essentials like food, gas, and electricity, and the loss of basic human rights. This crisis was exacerbated by the Rajapaksha regime's policies, which favored a select few with substantial tax breaks and mismanaged the COVID-19 crisis, plunging the nation into economic turmoil.
Despite their role in creating this chaos, the Rajapaksas refused to accept responsibility, displaying a brazen disregard for the suffering of the people. Their arrogance persisted even after the public, disillusioned by their betrayal of the trust placed in them during the 2019 presidential election, rallied to oust them from power.
However, the Rajapaksas' hubris remain unshaken as they attempted a political comeback, necessitating decisive legal action. The SJB, representing the will of the people, stepped up to challenge their impunity.
Today marks a significant victory for justice and accountability in Sri Lanka. The Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya and Justices Bhuvaneka Aluvihare, Vijith Malalgoda, and Murdu Fernando, ruled that the fundamental rights of the citizens were violated due to the Rajapaksa administration's mismanagement in 2021 and 2022.
This ruling was the result of a fundamental rights petition filed by Dr. Mahin Mendis of the SJB Working Committee, along with Dr. Nevis Norais and Dr. Atula Sri Samarakoon, member of "Buddi Mandapa of SJB". The respondents, including former President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, and other key figures, were found responsible for these violations.
The legal team, led by Mr. Upul Jayasuriya of the Samagi Lawyers Force, skillfully presented the case, underpinned by the courage of the petitioners and the strength of their evidence. This verdict not only exposes the corrupt practices of the Rajapaksa regime but also heralds a historic win for the Sri Lankan people, promising more victories in the pursuit of justice and good governance.
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