The Attorney General on behalf of Executive President Maithripala Sirisena has been named as a respondent in a fundamental rights application filed in the Supreme Court against Government’s inaction concerning the Eastern Province Chief Minister Z.A. Nazeer Ahamed verbally abusing and inappropriately rebuking an officer of the Navy.
Recently, Ahamed, at a prize-giving event at the Sampur Maha Vidyalaya, which was attended by Chief Guests, Governor of the Eastern Province, Austin Fernando and the United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Atul Keshap, to which Ahamed had not been invited by the organizers but only by Fernando, was seen and heard verbally abusing and inappropriately rebuking an officer of the Navy who was the compere of the function in an uncalled for manner.
Petitioner, Attorney-at-Law Piyadasa Liyanaarachchi said that Ahamed and the Attorney General had been named as respondents in the case in which the Attorney General had again been named as a respondent, this time as the party representing President Sirisena.
“We waited to see what President Sirisena and the Government would do. If the military’s morale falls, there is a threat to national security. The Constitution only provides for fundamental rights subject to national security. Thus fundamental rights too would be impacted. Previously, a teacher had been made to kneel by a politician and an officer was tied to a tree by a politician,” he said.
“We are not racially motivated and in the petition we acknowledge the role of Muslims in the military along with the fact that there are high ranking military officials who are Muslims. A child too faced an issue during this event at the hands of Ahamed. Sri Lanka has signed and ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. No one talks about this,” he added.