Leader of Sri Lanka’s All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) former MP) Rishad Bathiudeen and several former MPs filed a Fundamental Rights Petition in the Supreme Court today  challenging the Health Ministry Gazette that  makes it mandatory for  bodies of COVID-19 victims to be cremated.

The Petition cited  top health officials as respondents and said the rules followed to dispose the bodies of suspected Muslim victims of COVID-19  is done contrary to the method practiced by followers of Islamic Faith and in violation of their Fundamental Rights.

In his petition SCFR107/2020 filed 14 May, ACMC Leader Bathiudeen has cited the Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Director General of Health Services of the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services, Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services, and the Attorney General as respondents.

Former MPs Seyed Ameer Ali (former ACMC MP), Abdullah Mohamed Mahroof (former ACMC MP), and Hussein Ahamed Bhaila (former Deputy Minister of External Affairs 2007-2010) are the other Petitioners joining ACMC Leader Bathiudeen.

This is the second FR petition to be filed  challenging the controversial Gazette notification.

Another such petition a filed  last week.