Royal Institute Acts Supremely Above The Law

Whilst disregarding the Supreme Court ruling, the Director of Royal Institute Nirodha Bandara who earlier insulted the three Bench Judges as being ‘heartless’, continues to blatantly run her institution by demonstrating that she is above the law.

Dr. Nirodha Bandara

Earlier in early April 2019, the illegally constructed building that housed the Nugegoda Branch of Royal Institute was ordered to be demolished and the business license to operate an international school in that premise was also ordered cancelled.

The Judge reading out the verdict, ordered the Urban Development Authority and the Municipal Council of Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, who as the 1st and 2nd respondents in the case to demolish all illegal constructions pertaining to the buildings on premises bearing assessment Nos.10 and 12, Chapel Lane, Nugegoda and for the Municipal Council of Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte to cancel all permits (if any) granted to Royal Institute, the 9th Respondent in the case, to carry on business of an International School at Chapel Lane Nugegoda.

The three month period lapsed last month.

Nirodha Bandara’s demonstrated behavior now endorses the statement Minister Ranjan Ramanayake made earlier, when he stated that many rulings provided by the courts of Sri Lanka are not executed due to the interference of Politicians.

However it is interesting to note that when Member of Parliament S.B. Dissanayake had publicly ridiculed the judiciary he was jailed for two years for being in contempt of court when the former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga was in power.

This incident also clearly indicates that the judicial process lacks inconsistency in Sri Lanka.

A resident and one of the complainants speaking to Colombo Telegraph on condition of anonymity said “With this current Yahapalanaya government in power Nirodha Bandara is making a mockery of our judicial system. How can she act above the law and disregard a Supreme Court ruling? She certainly has some powerful backing from this present government. Hopefully this Yahapalanaya government will not last too long for the role they are playing in this matters such as this.”

Soon after the Supreme Court ruling was made in early April 2019, Nirodha Bandara addressing parents of students, teachers and staff made a bold statement threatening the Supreme Court three Judge Bench ruling when she went on to say “We will exhaust all our possible options legally and also politically and we will try everything possible.”

“She is clearly executing the threat she made by continuing to run the school. Wonder which Politician is behind this and supporting her in the background?” another neighbourhood resident complained.

The ruling was given by the judges as 16 residents of Chapel Lane Nugegoda filed a Fundamental Rights case bearing number SC/FR 621/2010, for the illegal manner that the school had been built besides operating an International school illegally without a license.

The three member Judge Bench of the Supreme Court comprised of Justices Sisira de Abrew, Priyantha Jayawardena and L.T.B Dehideniya.

This was as their fundamental right as residents of the neighbourhood were being violated in many ways.

Citing certain technical clauses to substantiate their case, they highlighted the fact that Royal Institute Nugegoda Branch was wrongfully carrying on a business of an International School in contravention of the Development Plan – Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte Municipal Council Area (Zoning Regulations) 2008-2020 and that the said Chapel Lane is situated in a Mixed Development Zone and educational institutes are not permitted to be established there.

The complainants also stated that the school was illegally constructing a fourteen storied building on approximately 25 perches of land bearing assessment No.12 Chapel Lane abutting a twenty feet road.

Another reason stated was that the residents were being greatly inconvenienced especially due to traffic congestion which has hampered daily activities of the residents. The noise caused by the said school and the traffic congestion have made residing and travelling along the said Chapel Lane a near impossibility.

The Judge reading out the verdict, ordered the Urban Development Authority and the Municipal Council of Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, who as the 1st and 2nd respondents in the case to demolish all illegal constructions pertaining to the buildings on premises bearing assessment Nos.10 and 12, Chapel Lane, Nugegoda and for the Municipal Council of Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte to cancel all permits (if any) granted to Royal Institute, the 9th Respondent in the case, to carry on business of an International School at Chapel Lane Nugegoda.

During the Supreme Court proceedings it was also stated that the Royal Institute did not have a license to operate an International School at the said premises at Chapel Road Nugegoda.

The license that the Royal Institute of the Nugegoda Branch had was to merely conduct Computer and English lessons.

Meanwhile Nirodha Bandara’s father businessman and Chairman of Royal Institute International School G.T. Bandara also issued a letter earlier to parents rebuffing the ruling that the three Judge bench of the Supreme Court had made earlier regarding the demolishing of the illegally constructed Nugegoda Branch building and also cancelling of its license to operate an International School in its premise.

Chairman Bandara also went on to scorn the order given by the three Judges of the Supreme Court judgement by stating that the ruling given regarding the illegal construction of the school building was incorrect.

Source:Colombo Telegraph