Case against UPFA National List – Court of Appeal issues notices on respondents

Case against UPFA National List – Court of Appeal issues notices on respondents

Case against UPFA National List – Court of Appeal issues notices on respondents

Written by Lahiru Fernando

23 Sep, 2015 | 9:44 pm

On Wednesday September 23,  the Court of Appeal issued notices on the respondents of the case filed against the National List of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA). The petition against the UPFA National List was filed by the Deputy Chairman of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna D.D. Somaweera Chandrasiri.

When the case was taken up before Court of Appeal Judge A.H.M.D. Nawaz on Wednesday, the hearing was postponed to December 11, for argument.

Notices were issued on the Elections Commissioner, Former General Secretary of the UPFA Susil Premajayantha and all secretaries of all constituent parties of the UPFA as well as candidates who were defeated in the election and appointed as National List MPs.

Meanwhile, another petition filed against the UPFA National List by the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Communist Party D.E.W. Gunasekera was also taken up at the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The case was taken up before Justices Eva Wanasundara, Buwaneka Aluvihare and Upali Abeyratne.

The counsel representing the respondents in the case stated that the case could be heard before a three-judge bench, However, the counsel representing D.E.W. Gunasekera made an argument stating that the issue is not one limited to his client.

The counsel representing D.E.W. Gunasekera added that, as this is a matter which affects the vonstitution and the general public, the case should be heard before a five-judge bench or before a full bench of Supreme Court judges. At that instance, the bench noted that the decision on which judge panel should hear the case should be made after consulting the Chief Justice.

Thereby, the case was postponed to September 29.

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