SLBC ordered to pay compensation to petitioner
By S.S. Selvanayagam
In the matter of the fundamental rights violation petition regarding an appointment to the post of Director, Tamil Service, the Supreme Court ordered the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation to pay the petitioner Rs.100,000 as compensation and costs.
The SC bench comprising Justices Shirani A. Bandaranayake, N.G. Amaratunga and Jagath Balapatabendi held that the fundamental rights to equality and equal protection of the law of petitioner Ratnasingam Kanapathipillai had been violated.Court directed S. Jeevaratnakumar’s appointment to the post be terminated forthwith and ordered the SLBC to fill the vacancy in keeping with SLBC policy on recruitment.
Mr. Kanapathipillai cited the SLBC, Director-General Samantha Weliveriya, Chairman Sunil Sarath Perera, Mr. Jeewaratnakumar and the Attorney General as respondents.
Counsel J.C. Weliamuna instructed by Gowry Shangary Thavarasha appeared for the petitioner. While state counsel Shaheeda Barrie appeared for the State and Nizam Kariappar appeared for Mr. Jeewaratnakumar.
The petitioner informed Court that of the eligible candidates, he had scored the highest number marks and therefore the failure to appoint him for the post was also arbitrary and discriminatory.