The Colombo District Court on Friday (19) issued notices to Kirmali Fernando, the Chairwoman of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) and two of its high ranking officials on the charge of contempt of court, based on a petition lodged by Plaintiff Lanka Realty Leisure Ltd. company.
Alongside Mrs. Fernando were Dhammika Wijesinghe, the Director General of SLTDA and its Additional Director General, Anoma Nandani, who are issued notices.
The notice was issued in violation of an interim injunction issued by the Colombo District Court against SLTDA involving a case filed by Realty Leisure Ltd. regarding the forcible acquisition of a land.
The lawsuit was filed against SLTDA on June 15, 2020 regarding a land located in Yala Tourism Zone, which was leased to the company by SLTDA for a 99-year lease.
The interim injunction came in order as it was revealed before Court that Chairwoman Kirmali Fernanado had attempted to arbitrarily reclaim the land under the 99-lease, even when an initial payment of Rs. 30 million with taxes up to December 2020 had been paid by Realty Leisure Ltd. It was revealed before Court that SLTDA had also unilaterally executed a Deed of Cancellation pushing the company to an unfair edge.
Realty Leisure Ltd. the Plaintiff lodged the petition in the emphasis that SLTDA has committed contempt of court by leasing the questionable land to a third party, in defiance of the interim injunction, which prohibits the revocation of the lease agreement, or any other activity pertaining to the affair until the end of the trial.
Accordingly, Fernanado, Wijesinghe and Nandani are due to appear before Court on May 24, 2021.
Lanka Realty Leisure Ltd. was represented in Court by Counsel Nishan Premathiratne with Pravi Karunaratne on the instructions of Francis Julian Pratheep, Attorneys-at-Law.