Supreme Court decides not to examine FR petition over Field Marshal Fonseka’s parliamentary seat

Supreme Court decides not to examine FR petition over Field Marshal Fonseka’s parliamentary seat

Supreme Court decides not to examine FR petition over Field Marshal Fonseka’s parliamentary seat

Written by Staff Writer

15 Jun, 2015 | 7:42 pm

The Supreme Court decided to halt the examination of the Fundamental Rights petition filed, requesting to restore the parliamentary seat of the Leader of the Democratic Party, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka.

The FR petition filed by Sarath Fonseka’s Secretary, Senaka Haripriya de Silva, was taken up for consideration on Monday, June 15, by a bench comprising of Chief Justice K. Sri Pavan, Justice Rohini Marasinghe, and Justice Eva Wanasundara.

Presenting facts petitioner, Senaka Haripriya de Silva stated that 98,000 Sri Lankans had voted for Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka at the last general election and secured him a seat from the Colombo district.

The petitioner also stated that a case filed by the previous government had resulted in Fonseka losing his seat in parliament and Jayantha Ketagoda who received only 20,000 votes  being appointed to fill the seat that fell vacant following the incarceration of Field Marshal Fonseka.

However, the Supreme Court decided not to examine the petition.

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