Supreme Court suspends chairman of Ja-Ela Urban Council

Supreme Court suspends chairman of Ja-Ela Urban Council

Supreme Court suspends chairman of Ja-Ela Urban Council

Written by Bella Dalima

01 Aug, 2014 | 8:09 pm

The Supreme Court on August 1 suspended the chairman of the Ja-Ela Urban Council from functioning in the position.

The court issued its decision after considering a fundamental rights petition filed by the deputy chairman of the Urban Council.

The three-member bench of the Supreme Court, which considered the FR petition, appointed deputy chairman of the Ja-Ela Urban Council, Shammika Dias to function as the acting chairman of the council.

The petitioner challenged the appointment of an individual to the vacant position of chairman of the Urban Council, a month after the position became vacant, in contravention of the Local Government Act.

The monthly meeting of the Badulla Municipal Council was adjourned August 1 due to the lack of quorum.

The lack of quorum was caused by both government and opposition members of the council walking out of the meeting, in protest of the failure to grant a nomination to Mayor Nalaka Wijeyratne to contest the Uva Provincial Council election on the UPFA ticket.

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