Former Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra, the daughter of slain politician Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra has filed a Elementary Rights petition within the Supreme Courtroom difficult the legality of the Presidential Pardon granted by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to former Parliamentarian Duminda Silva.
By this petition, Colombo district former Parliamentarian Hirunika Premachandra can be in search of a declaration that her elementary rights assured below Article 12(1) for equal safety of the legislation have been violated.
Hirunika Premachandra had filed this Elementary Rights petition naming Legal professional Basic, Commissioner Basic of Prisons, the Minister of Justice and several other others as respondents.
The petitioner mentioned the choice to pardon Duminda Silva is unreasonable and undermining the authority of the court docket since his conviction had been affirmed by a five-judge bench of the Supreme Courtroom.
On September 8, 2016, 5 accused together with former Defence Ministry Monitoring MP Duminda Silva have been sentenced to demise by Colombo Excessive Courtroom for committing the homicide of 4 individuals together with former MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra on or round October 8, 2011.
On October 11, 2018, Supreme Courtroom five-judge-bench headed by then Chief Justice Priyasath Dep unanimously determined to dismiss attraction petitions filed by former MP Duminda Silva and two others who challenged the judgment of Colombo Excessive Courtroom that discovered them responsible for conspiring to homicide 4 individuals together with former MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra.