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FR filed seeking an independent investigation into X-Press Pearl vessel

Lakmal Sooriyagoda – www.dailynews.lk

The Center for Environmental Justice today filed a fundamental rights petition in Supreme Court seeking an order directing the authorities to conduct an independent and impartial investigation into the fire on MV X-Press Pearl vessel.

This petition had been filed by Center for Environmental Justice (CEJ), its Executive Director Director Hemantha Withanage and two others including a traditional fisherman living in Negombo.

Minister of Ports and Shipping Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Marine Environment Protection Authority, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Chairman of Port Authority General (Retd) Daya Ratnayake, Director General of Merchant Shipping A.W.Seneviratne, Central Environmental Authority, State Minister Nalaka Godahewa, Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, X-Press Feeders Company Sea Consortium Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Attorney General and several others were named as respondents in the petition.

The petitioners are further seeking an order directing the Attorney General to prosecute all State Officials who have willfully failed to perform their statutory and regulatory duties.

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