Colombo. Former Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was directed by the apex court on Thursday to pay SLR 10 crore (Sri Lankan rupees) as compensation to the victims of the 2019 Easter attack. This order has been imposed for his negligence in preventing the attack despite having authentic information about the possibility of attack.
A seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court in its judgment held that the fundamental rights of the petitioners were violated by the respondents named in the petitions by failing to prevent the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks. The court noted that top officials failed to act on detailed intelligence shared by India to prevent the deadly suicide bombing.
The court also ordered Sirisena to pay Sri Lankan rupees 100 million, former police chief Pujith Jayasundar and former State Intelligence Service chief Neelanta Jayawardene to pay Sri Lankan 75 million each, and former defense secretary Hemasiri Fernando to pay Sri Lanka 50 million.
Former National Intelligence Service chief Sishir Mendis has been ordered to pay a compensation of one crore Srilakai rupees. He has been ordered to pay from his personal funds. The top court said it should be informed about the payment of compensation within six months.
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