SC rejects petitions against gazette on cremation of COVID-19 victims

SC rejects petitions against gazette on cremation of COVID-19 victims

December 1, 2020   03:06 pm

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The Supreme Court has rejected the petitions filed challenging the gazette notification on the cremation of bodies of COVID-19 victims.

Eleven petitions were filed seeking a court order invalidating the gazette notification declaring cremation of COVID-19 victims compulsory.

The petitions were heard before a three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, and Justices Murdu Fernando and Preethi Padman Surasena yesterday (30) and today (01).

Declaring the verdict after considering the petitions, Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya stated that all the petitions are rejected with the majority consensus of the Judge Bench.

When the petitions were considered yesterday, the legal team representing the petitioners, including President’s Counsels M. A. Sumanthiran, Faizer Mustapha, Saliya Peiris, and Nisham Kariyapper, pointed out to the court that there is no scientific evidence has been found that the virus spreads from the bodies of COVID-19 victims.

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