Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has banned the foreign travel of former PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, brother till July 28

Image Source: ANI The petition, filed on June 17, had sought a court ban on the foreign travel of the two Rajapaksa brothers.

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  • SC Court passed the order during the hearing of a petition
  • The petition to ban the foreign travel of the two Rajapaksa brothers was filed on June 17
  • The petitioner claimed that both were directly responsible for Sri Lanka’s instability.

Sri Lankan Crisis: On a day when Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the interim President of Sri Lanka, the country’s Supreme Court barred former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother Basil Rajapaksa, a former finance minister, from leaving the country till July 28.

The top court passed the order while hearing a petition filed by Transparency International, a global civil society organization, on the economic crisis in Sri Lanka.

The petition, filed on June 17, had sought the court to ban the foreign travel of two Rajapaksa brothers, former Central Bank Governor Ajit Nivard Cabral and former Treasury Secretary SR Attagala.

The petitioner had claimed that these people were directly responsible for the volatility of Sri Lanka’s external debt, default in its debt and the current economic crisis.

Tulsi, younger brother of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, tried to leave the beleaguered island nation on Tuesday.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa himself fled to the Maldives on Wednesday and then reached Singapore on Thursday after massive protests against his government.

Sri Lanka, a country of 22 million people, is in the grip of an unprecedented economic turmoil, the worst in seven decades, leaving millions struggling to buy food, medicine, fuel and other essentials.

The country, with an acute foreign exchange crisis that resulted in foreign debt defaults, announced in April that it would suspend foreign debt repayments of about USD 7 billion for the year, out of about USD 25 billion by 2026. Used to be. Sri Lanka’s total external debt is USD 51 billion.

(with inputs from PTI)

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