The Supreme Court yesterday (jan 31) granted permission to hear the fundamental rights application of Mr Anuruddha Bandara, a social activist who is challenging his arrest and claims he posted the phrase “Gota Go Home” on the internet.
Twelve people were named as suspects, including the Inspector General of Police, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Western Province, Deshabandu Tennakon and the Attorney General, have been named as respondents.
The petition was called before the bench of Justices Vasantha Kodagoda and Arjuna Obeysekera.
The Chamber concluded that the arrest violated the petitioner’s right to freedom of expression, freedom from unlawful arrest, and equality.
This took into account the statement of Prosecutor Saliya Peiris, who represented the petitioner together with lawyer Tanuka Nandasiri, that the petition also seeks Rs 1 crore in damages against the accused.