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1474 Tamils of the Northern Peninsula have filed writ application No. CA (Writ) 125/2013, pleading for relief from the Appeal Court, against steps by the ruling Rajapaksa regime to grab an area of approximately 25.8 square kilometres (6381 acres), including their traditional homes.
The petitioners state that the so called land acquisition is flawed in several ways, and point out that proper procedures have not been followed, and that there is no proper public purpose to be served for which their land is to be taken over, as set out in the petition.
The petition demonstrates that the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo City itself spans an area of 37.21 square kilometers and that the approximately 25.8 square
kilometres of Jaffna Peninsula lands to be acquired is about ‘two-third the entire land area on which Colombo City is established’.
Through another CA (Writ) 135/2013, 702 more Jaffna Tamils have challenged the purported acquisition on similar ground to the 1474 petitioners in CA (Writ) 125/2013, and further complain that the so-called acquisitions are being done in a manner that prevents them from objecting to acquisition on important grounds, such as denial of their rights under Tesawalamai, the personal law of Tamils of the Jaffna Peninsula.
The Appeal Court has today (19.07.2013) issued notice on the respondents in a writ petition supported on behalf of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Jaffna, who has also petitioned the Appeal Court to stop the grabbing of traditional Tamil lands of Tamils in the Jaffna Peninsula by acquisition. The case follows 2176 Jaffna Tamils petitioning the Appeal Court for relief.