Petition on Field Marshal Fonseka’s parliamentary seat taken up in the Court of Appeal

Petition on Field Marshal Fonseka’s parliamentary seat taken up in the Court of Appeal

Petition on Field Marshal Fonseka’s parliamentary seat taken up in the Court of Appeal

Written by Staff Writer

18 Jun, 2015 | 3:46 pm

The writ petition filed in the Court of Appeal requesting the parliamentary seat of Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka that was taken away be returned to him, was refuted.

The petition was examined by Court of Appeal Chairman Vijith Malalgoda and Justice H.C.J. Madawala.

Announcing the decision on Thursday, the Chairman of the Court of Appeal said that as there is no mention on the Parliamentary Elections Act on the constitution on returning the parliamentary seat of an individual who had been pardoned, court cannot agree with the request that has been made.

Attorney-at-Law S. Srikantha who appeared on behalf of Sarath Fonseka informed court that as there is a legal issue on the matter, it needs to be referred to the Supreme Court to be resolved and requested that the mention be made in the court report to make an appeal to the Supreme Court on the matter.

The request made was thus filed in the report.

Filing the petition, Sarath Fonseka noted that he was qualified to be parliamentarian and that he obtained 98,000 votes at the parliamentary election adding that the person who was appointed to the parliamentary seat has only obtained 20,000 votes.

Thereby, he adds that the parliamentary seat needs to be given to him.

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