Yugadanavi share transfer legal-President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva

President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva stated in the Supreme Court yesterday (10) that the process of transferring 40% of the state-owned shares of the Kerawalapitiya Yugadanavi Thermal Power Plant to the New Fortress Energy Company in the United States has been carried out in accordance with the law.

He said that two Cabinet decisions with regard to the transfer of State owned shares of the Kerawalapitiya power plant have been taken on July 5 and July 12 last year and petitioners have sought an order from the apex  court without any understanding of what the country actually needs are.

Romesh Silva PC was making submissions on behalf of the Ceylon Electricity Board when five petitions seeking an order to declare the Cabinet decision over the transfer of state owned shares of the power plant null and void were taken up before the Supreme Court yesterday.

These petitions were taken up before a five-Judge Bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justices Buwaneka Aluvihare, Priyantha Jayawardena, Vijith Malalgoda and L.T.B. Dehideniya,

Lawyers appearing on behalf of the petitioners Colombo Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, Chief Incumbent of Dharmayathanaya, Ven Elle Gunawansa Thera, Samagi Jana Balawegaya, and several parties including trade unions made their submission earlier.

The petitions will be taken up before the Supreme Court again on January 12.

by Daily News Sri Lanka

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