Sri Lanka top court dismisses cases against SLT privatization: report

The Supreme Court has declined leave to proceed and dismissed cases filed by several individuals and a trade union against the planned privatization of Sri Lanka Telecom, a media report said. 

Samagi Sevaka Sangamaya, a trade union; Nethsiri Jayatilleke, a lecturer; Gunadasa Amaraskera, Wasantha Bandara, doctors and Nuwan Bellanthuduwa, a lawyer had petitioned court that the planned privatization infringed their fundamental rights and endangered national security, Sri Lanka’s Ada Newspaper said.

Deputy Solicitor General Rajiva Gunathilake had argued that there was no basis to say that privatization is a threat to national security as the UK and many other countries have privatized telecom operators.

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