Fifteen candidates of the JVP yesterday complained to the Supreme Court that the Road Development Authority (RDA) had complained to the Tangalle police that the JVP drew Bell symbols and crosses on the roads in Hambantota District, and thereby impaired the maintenance of the public highway. But the RDA had failed to complain to the police about the betel leaf symbols and the crosses painted on the roads in the same area, in favour of the UPFA Candidates, the JVP said.
The painting of party symbols, has been done in view of the Provincial Council polls to be held in the Southern province on October 10, 2009.
The petitioners are the JVP candidates of the Hambantota District.
As a result of the complaint by the RDA, the police have filed a B report in the Magistrate s Court of Tangalle. The fifteen JVP candidates have been noticed to appear in Court as suspects.
The action of the RDA and the police, had tarnished the public image of the JVP candidates in the eyes of the voters, the petition said. The RDA had complained on September 7, 2009 and the police had filed a B report on the same day, without properly verifying the complaint made by the RDA, and without seeking the opinion of the petitioners. It was said that on or about August 28, 2009 petitioners had complained to the police of acts of violence against five candidates of the JVP. Altogether, 13 such complaints of violence had been made. But the police had failed to investigate and file B reports on the complaints made by the JVP. The petitioners said that the RDA and the police had tarnished the image of the JVP in favour of the UPFA.
The petition alleged unequal treatment and discrimination.
The petition requested the Court to declare a violation of their fundamental rights and to grant suitable compensation.
The respondents are the Road Development Authority, the Executive Engineer RDA, and Inspector of police Tangalle.
The petitioners are Sisira Kumara Wahalathanthri of Ambalantota and 14 other candidates of the JVP.
Sunil Watagala is the instructing attorney in this petition, which will be supported, shortly.