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Court of Appeals takes up lawsuit filed against PM

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 30, 2018 13:59

Court of Appeals takes up lawsuit filed against PM

The Court of Appeal took up for consideration a writ petition filed seeking a ruling to invalidate the holding of office of the Prime Minister by Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Attorneys appearing on behalf of the respondents including Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said that they would be submitting preliminary objections against this petition.

President’s Counsel Gamini Marapone said that several fundamental rights petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court against the dissolution of Parliament. Accordingly he said that the Appeals Court had no authority to take up this petition for consideration until the Supreme Court gives a ruling on those petitions.  The President’s Counsel further said that the no confidence motion presented against the Cabinet including the Prime Minister is illegal and that the Speaker had illegally summoned Parliament when it had been dissolved.

The President’s Counsel argued that the vote for the no confidence had been taken according to the voice and at a time when the standing orders were suspended. Accordingly the President’s Counsel called on the Appeals Court to dismiss the petition initially without taking it up for hearing.

President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva said that since this petition is with respect to Parliamentary activities, the Appeals Court had no authority to take it up for consideration.

This petition has been filed by United National Party Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe and Parliamentarians representing Political parties including the Tamil National Alliance, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 30, 2018 13:59