No Variation

Aug 03, 2009 (LBO) – Several applications asking to vary orders made following a landmark judgment which reversed a transfer of state land to build a golf course were refused by Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court, lawyers said. Court was also asked to award compensation by others who had bought land in a related project. The next hearing will be held in September, lawyers said.

Last October, courts reversed the transfer of land to the Water’s Edge golf course saying former president Chandrika Kumaratunga had abused power and violated public trust in the deal.

Several applications were made to revise orders made in hearing following the delivery of the main judgment, saying subsequent orders were invalid.

One party also argued that the judgment itself was invalid because a material party had not been heard.

Court had delivered a judgment Monday that the orders and directions would not be varied or set aside, lawyers said.