By Chitra Weerarathne
The Supreme Court yesterday granted interim relief to 34 petitioners from Bopitiy by ordering that no garbage be dumped within the Muthurajawela bird sanctuary till July 20, the next date of calling of the fundamental rights violation petition against alleged pollution of the sanctuary.
The petitioners are Rev. Father Ananda Withana of St. Nicholas Church Bopitiya and 33 others.
They had complained that the Colombo Municipal Council dumped garbage within the sanctuary.
The requested the court to stop that. Counsel Senani Dayaratne, who appeared for the CMC said that CMC did not dump garbage within the sanctuary.
Dr. Sunil Cooray appeared for the petitioners. Senior state Counsel, Suren Ghanarajah appeared for the Attorney General.
The bench comprised chief Justice Priyasath Dep and Justice Upali Abeyratne.