A Fundamental Right petition was yesterday filed in the Supreme Court seeking an order removing the functions and powers assigned to Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake under Extraordinary Gazette with duties, functions and powers to supervise and engage in matters relating to the National Lotteries Board and the Development Lotteries Board.
The petition was filed by Parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardane citing Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake and three others as respondents.
The petitioner stated that the decision and the act of the President of Sri Lanka to assign to Foreign Affairs Minister duties and functions relating to and the suprevision of the National Lotteries Board and the Development Lotteries Board by Extraordinary Gazette No.2022/34 and 09.06.2017 are in violation of Articles 3, 4, 42(1), (2), (3), 43(1), (2) and 148 of the constitution.
The petitioner stated that the President has assigned functions and duties to the Foreign Affairs Minister contravening the provisions of the Development Lotteries Board Act No.20 of 1997 and Finance Act No.11 of 1963.
The petitioner further stated that every action taken and that might be taken by the the Finance Minister as a member of the cabinet of Ministers constitute Executive and Administrative action and would be in violation of the petitioner’s Fundamental Rights enshrined by Article 12(1) of the Constitution and the Fundamental Rights of the citizens of the country.
This petition had been filed through Senior Counsel Kanishka Vitharana and counsel H.M.Thilakaratne. (Daily News)