Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran has filed a fresh Fundamental Rights petition seeking an Interim Order preventing any steps being taken by Minister D.M. Swaminathan with regard to entering into a contract with a French construction company to construct 65,000 of prefabricated steel houses in the North and Eastern Provinces.
At a previous occasion, Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran decided to withdraw his FR petition which had been filed over the same issue amidst respondents’ objections that the Cabinet of Ministers who took this decision had not been named as parties in the petition.
However, in his new petition, MP Sumanthiran cited D.M. Swaminathan the Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, Cabinet of Ministers, Arcellor Mittal Construction France and the Attorney General as respondents.
When the petition came up before Chief Justice Priyasath Dep and Justice Priyantha Jayawardena, the Court re-issued notices on the respondents. The petition was fixed for support on November 21.
The petitioners stated that there are irregularities in the tender process awarding the contract to construct houses for the war affected to the French company.
He further said that there is lack of durability of the said prefabricated steel houses and environmental unsuitability of the said prefabricated houses.
The petitioner further alleged that the respondents are not employing local labour in the implementation of the project to construct the said prefabricated houses.
“I am further aware that the District Co-ordinating committees of the Jaffna and Kilinochchi Districts of which I am a member also passed unanimous decision on or around 27th September 2016 rejecting the said prefabricated steel houses,” the petitioner further said.