Appeal Court hears petition against PM Ranil Wickremesinghe's position as MP

12 February 2019 - 126   - 0

The writ petition filed against the parliamentary position of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesignhe was taken up before the Appeal Court today (Feb 12).

At the commencement of today's hearing, attorney's representing the respondents including the Prime Minister had requested court to dismiss the case in the first hearing itself.

President's Counsel K. Kanag-Isvaran while presenting his arguement had claimed that the petitioner had attached uncertified photocopies of the documents which she had submitted before courts to prove her case.

He also requested court to dismiss the case since Section Three of the Supreme Court regulations state that a photocopied document which is submitted as evidence for a case is considered invalid.

However, Presidents Counsel Uditha Igalahewa had argued that the orginal copies of the documents had been attached by the petitioner.

Accordingly, court ordered the prosecutors to file counter objections against the respondent's arguments on February 26.

The petition which was filed by Colombo Municipal Council member Sharmila Gonawela is being heard before Justices Shiran Gunaratne and Priyantha Fernando.

Ms. Gonawela in her petition had claimed that Prime Minister Wickremesinghe who is a shareholder of Lake House Printers (Pvt) Ltd. cannot function as a parliamentarian since Article 91 (1) (e) of the constitution forbids any parliamentarian to enter into trade agreements with the government.

Accordingly, the petitioner requested court to impose an interim injunction on the Premier to bar him from functioning as a parliamentarian.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, the Secretary-General of Parliament and several others were named as repondents in the case.

  Comments - 0

  • Leave a comment

Top Stories

Registration of Electors Act to be amended

The cabinet of ministers has agreed to amend the Registration of Electors Act upon a proposal put forward by President Maithripala Sirisena yesterd...

20 July 2019 - Views : 55

Laws to be introduced preventing civilians from wearing of army fatigues or identical uniforms

20 July 2019

Four suspects involved in VIP convoy assault incident remanded until July 22

20 July 2019

Women's support helpline to report harassment and abuse gets Cabinet nod

20 July 2019



Features & Analysis

In Pictures : French National Day

The French National Day was held recently at the Colombo Hilton. Captured here are images from the evening. Pix by Am...

SOS Children’s Village celebrates 100th birth anniversary of its founder

SOS Children’s Villages Sri Lanka recently celebrated ‘SOS Day’ honoring the 100th birth anniversar...

Car-free day draws a crowd

Colombo’s first open street concept day saw residents reclaiming their streets from Green Path to Independ...

Reviving our island spirit - #DineEscapeRebuild

The Island Story, a brand new travel company with a fresh perspective on travel is collaborating with Botanik Rooftop...