Singing of National Anthem in Tamil challenged in SC

Law courts (2)Three residents in Kelaniya area yesterday filed a Fundamental Right petition in the Supreme Court challenging the government’s decision to sing the National Anthem in the Tamil language during the Independence Day celebrations.

The petitioners cited President Maithripala Sirisena and the Attorney General as respondents.

The three petitioners Sanjeewa Perera, Pradeep Asiri Zoysa and Don Premaratne sought a declaration that the National Anthem shall be sung in Sinhala language with Sinhala words in accordance with the Third Schedule of the constitution.

They alleged that the petitioners’ fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 12(1) and 12(2) have been violated through the government’s decision to sing the National Anthem in Tamil language during the Independence Day celebrations.

The petitioners observed that they tend to name President Maithripala Sirisena as one of the respondents in the petition since he participated as the Chief Guest at the Independence Day celebrations while functioning as the Executive President of the Republic. (DN)

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