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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been noticed to appear before the Supreme Court on July 24 to show cause as respondents in a fundamental rights case filed against them by R. H. Senaka Perera, a candidate of the Nava Sama Samaja Party. Perera who is contesting the general election from the party’s National List has included the name of former President’s name as a respondent with several other state sector officials and Ministers.

The other respondents to are the Commissioner of Elections, the Minister of Law and Order and Christian Religious Affairs, the Defence Ministry of Defence and the Attorney General. In this case, Perera has claimed that his fundamental rights had been breached as a result of former President Rajapaksa contesting the general election to enter Parliament while maintaining the super privileges enjoyed by a former President.