Sri Lanka public interest lawyer in parliament

Apr 22, 2010 (LBO) – A senior lawyer, M A Sumanthiran, practising in Sri Lanka’s supreme court, court of appeal and commercial high court and district courts in a variety of civil litigation is entering parliament as an appointed legislator. Sumanthiran is coming as a ‘national list’ or as an appointed member representing the minority Tamil National Alliance.

His court work in fundamental rights, judicial review of executive action and judicial scrutiny of legislation before being passed in parliament to ensure consistency with the Constitution, have been in particular public focus.

The bills included the changes to Sri Lanka banking and monetary law.

Sumanthiran appeared in the a involving the privatization of Lanka Marine Services which resulted in a land grant being reversed, and a successful legal challenge to the closure of the failed Pramuka Bank on behalf of depositors.

He also appeared in a successful challenge to the privatisation of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation which was reversed by the Supreme Court.

He has appeared in cases challenging the charging of levy for water, establishing a revenue authority and an anti-conversion bills which were struck down by courts as being contrary to the provisions of th