Petition filed against privileges for Mahinda

A candidate from the Nawa Sama Samaja Party filed a fundamental rights petition in the Supreme Court today against the security and privileges accorded to former President Mahinda Rajapakse.The petition filed by candidate Senaka Perera, stated that the security provided to Rajapakse was unfair towards the other candidates who were contesting the parliamentary elections scheduled to be held in the island nation next month. Several questions however have been raised by minor political parties against the privileges and security accorded to the former President stating that his privileges should be withdrawn due to him contesting for a seat in the 225 member parliament. Rajapakse himself is contesting the polls which will elect a new parliament, from the opposition United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) on Friday also lodged a complaint at the Human Rights Commission stating that due to the former President contesting the parliamentary election as a candidate, the privileges provided to him was a disadvantage to other candidates.In his complaint, JVP candidate Sunil Watagala stated that the security and privileges accorded to Rajapakse was in violation of the fundamental rights guaranteed under the constitution. (Colombo Gazette)

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