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Last updated: 26 November, 2007 - Published 14:12 GMT
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Land acquisition 'hilarious' - CJ
Minister Jeevan Kumaratunga
Minister says he acquired land to help tsunami-affected fishermen
The Supreme Court in Sri Lanka has described acquiring a land far away from the sea to provide housing for tsunami-affected fishermen.

Chief Justice Sarath Silva said Land Minister Jeevan Kumaratunga has exceeded his authority by acquiring a 33-acre land in Kiriwaththuduwa, Homagama.

The Supreme Court annulled the Gazette notification that announced the acquisition and ordered minister to pay legal fees to the petitioner, Royal Ceramic Company.

Minister Kumaratunga has acquired the land saying it would be used to provide new houses to fishermen who lost their houses in December 2004 tsunami.

CJ said the acquisition was a violation of the petitioner's fundamental rights.

Urban Development Authority (UDA) was ordered by the court to allow Royal Ceramics to build a factory in the said land.

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