Permission to hear the Fundamental Rights Petition against the Baduraliya Police

The Supreme Court yesterday(16) granted leave to hear a fundamental rights petition filed by Suranjith Wickremanayake alleging that he was brutally beaten and arbitrarily arrested by officers of the Baduraliya Police Station.

The Supreme Court has allowed the petition to be heard in violation of the Constitution’s right to refrain from torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment, as well as the right to arbitrary arrest and impunity.

Attorney-at-Law Shelomi Daniel appeared before the Supreme Court on behalf of the petitioner along with Attorney-at-Law Armisa Tigel on the instructions of Attorney-at-Law Dulan Dasanayake.

Two constables of the Baduraliya Police, the OIC of the Baduraliya Police, the Assistant Superintendent of Police, Matugama, the DIG in charge of the Kalutara District and the Attorney General are the respondents in this petition.

The Right to Life Human Rights Center has assisted in prosecuting the case and some of the personal medical expenses of Suranjith Wickremanayake, who was tortured by the police.

Following the approval of the petition by the Supreme Court, Mr. Wickremanayake expressed his gratitude for the assistance and guidance provided by the Right to Life Human Rights Center, including legal aid.

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