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Court rejects former CJ’s fundamental rights petition against PC Elections

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By ITN News Editor June 14, 2018 20:57

Court rejects former CJ’s fundamental rights petition against PC Elections

The Supreme Court has rejected a fundamental rights petition filed by former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva against the manner in which the Provincial Councils Elections (Amendment) Bill was passed in Parliament. A majority of the three-member judge bench of the Supreme Court gave this decision without being taken up for consideration.
Delivering the verdict the three-member judge bench headed by Chief Justice Priyasath Depp said that the petition was rejected without being taken up for consideration on a majority decision of the panel of judges. The Supreme Court announced today the order on the preliminary objections filed with respect to the fundamental rights petition today.
The Attorney General making submissions said that the former Chief Justice had concealed facts from the fundamental rights petition. The Bill was signed by the Speaker on 22nd September last year. The Attorney General said that this certification had not being cited in the petition.
The Attorney General also mentioned that Parliamentary proceedings cannot be challenged through a fundamental rights petition. Making submissions as an intercessor petitioner Attorney M.A. Sumanthiran said that Sarath N. Silva as a Chief Justice have given a ruling in the year 2003 that the judiciary cannot interfere in Parliamentary activities.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor June 14, 2018 20:57

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