The Petitioner alleges that he was arrested at about 6 p.m. on 1, March 1995, for no reason. He was taken to the Hanguranketha Police Station where the 1st Respondent assaulted him with a piece of wood. He was produced before the Magistrate in the morning of 2, March, 1995. The Petitioner states that he was waiting for a bus at the Rikillagaskada junction to go home, after selling cloth. Then the 1st respondent arrived in a jeep with two Police Constables and arrested him. The petitioner was not informed…Read More
RATNASIRI AND ANOTHER v. DEVASURENDRAN, INSPECTOR OF POLICE, SLAVE ISLAND AND OTHERS S.C. APPLICATION NO. 4/91 WITH S.C. APPLICATION NO. 3/91
The Incidents of assault and Inhuman treatm ent com plained of which w ere a sequel to travel in a bus, have been established. The Police Officers, acting under the colour of office assaulted the petitioner and subjected diem to inhuman treatm ent but the identity of the p articu lar officers who could have been personally responsible has not been established. Hence only the State would be obliged to pay compensation. Of consent, the above two applications were consolidated and heard together. The petitioner in application No. 4 (“1st…Read More
Wijesiriwardene vs. Kumara, Inspector of police, kandy and two Others, the judgement was given by supreme court. NO. 191 of 1988
The petitioner, a 16 year student of St. Paul’s College, Kandy had been served a pamphlet directing him to get the students of his school on the streets throughout the week oh pain of death. The petitioner attended the school the following day and found no students in his classroom but the students of the school were congregating in various places and demonstrating and shouting slogans within the precincts of the school. He learnt the attendance Register was not being marked. So he left for athletics training but found no…Read More
The case of Amal Sudath Silva vs Kodithuwakku, inspector of police and Others S.C. APPLICATION No. 186/86.
The petitioner pleads that he was arrested by the police on 9.10.1 386 on suspicion of having committed theft of side mirrors from several motor vehicles. He was thereafter taken to the Panadura police station in custody for 5 nights without being produced before a Magistrate During this period of 5 days he states he was severely beaten up by the 4 respondents with batons and was also subjected to physical torture by them by being hung to a beam at the police station by his hands tied to a…Read More
The case of Kapugeekiyana vs Hettiachchi and two others S.C. No. 80/84.
The petitioner, a suspect in a murder case complained that about 6.00 a m. on 13.6.1984 the 1st and 2nd respondents entered his house, searched it and took into custody documents and files belonging to him without a search warrant. Thereafter without a warrant of arrest they arrested him and took him to the 4th Floor of the C.I.D. Office, Colombo 01. There they subjected him to harassment, assault, torture, duress. humiliation and cruel, inhuman, degrading and barbaric treatment. the judgement was compensation ordered for illegal detention. the court…Read More
FERNANDO vs ATTORNEY GENERAL AND ANOTHER case of supreme court. S.C. APPLICATION NO. 2 OF 1983
The petitioner, sought a declaration stating that the Respondents (the police) violated his fundamental rights of freedom of thought, and conscience, subjected him to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment, illegally arrested him and did not inform him of the reason, for such arrest and violated his fundamental right of freedom of speech. he was attending a peaceful assembly and one day fast to protest against the detention of three Christian clergymen, a doctor, a University lecturer and his wife. after the petitioner and others were members of an…Read More
The case of velmurugu vs the attorney general and other. the judgement was given by supreme court S. .C. NO. 74/81.
The petitioner a member of the District Development Council for Amparai was prevented by army officers when travelling in a car with 3 others to go to the 4th Colony. He was stopped at the junction on the 4th colony and obliged to turn back and go back towards Kalmunai. On the way he apparently received various complaints of houses being burnt and assault. The petitioner put down the 3 persons who were in his car and proceeded back again towards the 4th Colony. At this junction on the orders…Read More