Land Deal

July 08, 2009 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court is to hear fresh arguments from petitioners seeking to revise a judgement last year that reversed a controversial transfer of state land to a private developer in a landmark case.

Counsel for another group that had bought land in the property development project said they had not been heard and as such, natural justice had been denied to them.

They were seeking the return of plots of land bought by them.

In last year’s judgement, court also ordered an investigation into the land deal by the Bribery Commission. The Daily Mirror newspaper reported that the Supreme Court has listed for support on July 20, matters relating to the orders made after the judgment on the ‘Water’s Edge’ development project.

Last October, the Supreme Court ordered the prime land near Colombo on which the developer had built a golf course and luxury club, which had originally been meant for water retention purposes, to be returned to the government’s Urban Development Authority (UDA).

Court also rapped former president Chandrika Kumaratunga who was involved in the sale of the land for abuse of power and fined her three million rupees. Several others were also fined.

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