Removal of Tissa Attanayake from the UNP was invalid: Supreme Court

Removal of Tissa Attanayake from the UNP was invalid: Supreme Court

Removal of Tissa Attanayake from the UNP was invalid: Supreme Court

Written by Staff Writer

05 May, 2015 | 1:09 pm

The Supreme court has decided that the expulsion of the former General Secretary of the UNP, Tissa Attanayake from the UNP was invalid as due process was not followed.

The Supreme Court’s decision was in response to a petition filed by former UNP general secretary Tissa Attanayake

The Supreme Court bench comprised of attorneys Rohani Marasinghe, Priyanthi Jayawardena and Buwaneka Aluwihara.

The petition noted that after being appointed as the MInister of Health , Attanayake was arrested on charges of forging documents.

Attanayake, however, argued that he was removed from the United National Party after being placed in remand custody and therefore was not able to respond to the allegations, before the decision was taken to expel him from the party.

Tissa Attanayake charged that this timeline of events did not follow due process. The supreme court agreed with that determination.

The respondent in the petition were party leader Ranil Wickre mesinghe, General Secretary of the UNP Kabir Hashim and the members of the Working Committee of the United National Party.

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