Kadir’s Jaffna land case: Notice issued on Minister of Lands

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The Court of Appeal yesterday issued notice on Minister of Lands Janaka Bandara Tennakoon and two other land officials in the petition filed by Sriraghavan Kadirgamar against the Government’s acquisition of his father, Former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar’s land in Jaffna. Minister of Lands and Land Development Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, Land Acquiring Officer of the Jaffna District A. Sivaswamy and the Land Survey Officer of the Jaffna District have been mentioned as respondents in the case filed by the former Minister’s son last week. According to the petition, the land situated in a picturesque spot on the Keerimalai Kankesanthurai Road, contains an elevated cliff with an ocean frontage and was exclusively allotted to Lakshmanathan Kadirgamar in May 1968 by the Jaffna District Court. By virtue of being the sole descendant to the property under the Law of Teswamalamai, the land passed to Sriraghavan Kadirgamar after Minister Kadirgamar was brutally assassinated by the LTTE. Filing action in the Court of Appeal last Thursday, Sriraghavan Kadirgamar appealed for interim relief preventing the respondents and their agents from taking any steps to act upon the acquisition notice until after the application is heard. The petitioner is also seeking a mandate in the nature of a writ of certiorari quashing the purported acquisition notice published under Section 2 of the Land Acquisition Act. (DB)