SC rules Provincial Chief Minister cannot issue orders to Chief Secretary
Tuesday, 5 August 2014 01:14
The Supreme Court yesterday ruled that the chief minister of a provincial council cannot deliver directives to the chief secretary of the provincial council.
The Supreme Court decided that the powers of directing the chief secretary of a provincial council are vested with the Public Service Commission. The Supreme Court delivered this judgment after considering a fundamental rights petition filed by the Chief Secretary of the Northern Provincial Council Ramesh Wijialudchumi. The petitioner cited that a set of regulations issued by the Chief Minister of Northern Provincial Council violated her fundamental rights.
However, the Supreme Court did not deliver the judgment regarding the violation of fundamental rights of the senior public official since the Chief Minister had withdrawn the regulations. The hearing of the petition was terminated and the Supreme Court directed both parties to maintain the Provincial Council efficiently.
The petition was examined by a panel of judges chaired by Chief Justice Mohan Peiris and comprising Justices K. Sripavan and Rohini Marasinghe.