The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed a fundamental rights violation application, filed by Vasudeva Nanayakkara and two other petitioners against the Sri Lanka Telecommunication Regulatory Commission and four other respondents, requesting a rectification of flaws by the Sri Lanka Telecommunication Regulatory Commission and its Director General through a public hearing, in terms of the Telecommunication Act, on the Sri Lanka Telecom tariff, expeditiously within a definite time frame.
The petition also requested the Court to direct the respondents to appoint a Technical Review Committee to evaluate tariff related issues.
Sanjay Rajaratnam, Deputy Solicitor General, objected to the petition on the grounds that the petitioners were attempting to review a Supreme Court Judgment, delivered in 2005 regarding Telecom tariffs.That was a bad precedent and the petition had no locus standi.
There was a time bar issue. The petitioners had waited till the former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva retired to make this application, the Court was told.
The Court upheld the objections and dismissed the petition.
Uditha Egalahewa appeared for Vasudeva Nanayakkara and the other petitioners.
Deputy Solicitor General Sanjay Rajaratnam appeared with Senior State Counsel Sumathi Dharmawardene for the Sri Lanka Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, its Director General and its Chairman.
Sanjeewa Jayewardene appeared for the Sri Lanka Telecom.
The Bench comprised Justice N. G. Amaratunga, Justice P. A. Ratnayake and Justice S. I. Imam.