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Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions and Powers)
Regulations No. 1 of 1989
20 June 1989

Regulations made by the President under section 5 of the Public Security Ordinance (Chapter 40).

R. Premadasa President, Colombo, 20 June 1989


Part I General

1. These regulations may be cited as the Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions and Powers) Regulations No. 1 of 1989.

2. In any emergency regulation, unless any other definition is expressly provided therein or unless it is otherwise expressly provided therein or the context otherwise requires:

"Attorney-General" in relation to any emergency regulation, includes the Solicitor-General, Additional Solicitor-General and Deputy Solicitor-General or any Counsel for the State being a Counsel for the State authorised by the Attorney General in that behalf for the purpose of such regulation.

"competent authority" in relation to any emergency regulation means, unless otherwise provide for in such regulation, any person appointed, by name or by office, by the President to be a competent authority for the purpose of such regulation,

"emergency regulation" means any of these regulations or any other regulation made under the Public Security Ordinance,

"essential service" means any service which is of public utility or essential for national security or preservation of public order or to the life of the community and includes any department or Government or branch thereof and which is specified in the Schedule hereto;

"explosive" has the same meaning as in the Explosives Act;

"gun" shall have the same meaning as in the Firearms Ordinance;

"Inspector-General of Police" shall include any Deputy Inspector-General of Police;

"land" includes land covered with water and parts of houses or buildings;

"police of ficer means a member of any police force established under the Police Ordinance;

"public officer" shall have the same meaning as in the Constitution;

"requisitioning" means, in relation to any property, the taking possession of the property or requiring the property to be placed at the disposal of the requisitioning authority, and its grammatical variations or cognate expressions shall be construed accordingly

55FF (1) It shall be lawful for any police officer of a rank not below that of Assistant Superintendent of Police or any other officer or person authorised by him in that behalf, to take all such measures as may be necessary for the taking possession of and the burial or cremation of any dead body, and to determine in his discretion the persons who may be permitted to be present at any assembly for the purpose of or in connection with any such burial or cremation; and any person who is present at any such assembly without the permission of such authorised person or who obstructs such officer or authorised person in the exercise of the powers herein before conferred shall be guilty of an offence.

(2) It shall not be necessary for any officer or person taking measures relating to the possession and burial or cremation, of a dead body under this regulation to comply with the other provisions of these regulations and any other written law relating to the inquest of death or to burial or cremation.

55G Notwithstanding the preceding provisions, where death is caused to any police officer or any member of the armed forces it shall be lawful for the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence:

(a) to instruct the Inspector-General of Police or the Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, the Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy or the Commander of the Sri Lanka Air Force, as the case may be, to take all such measures as may be necessary for the cremation or burial of the dead body subject to national security or for the maintenance or preservation of public order; or

(b) to direct the Inspector-General of Police to take such steps as are set out in regulation 55 B in respect of such death and accordingly the provisions of regulations 55C, 55D, 55E, 55F and 55FF shall thereupon be applicable

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