Court cases: Geetha Kumarasinghe’s right to serve as Member of SL Parliament declined

Court cases: Geetha Kumarasinghe’s right to serve as Member of SL Parliament declined

Written by Keshala Dias

14 Mar, 2017 | 10:02 pm

The Auditor General informed the Court of Appeal today, March 14, that an individual holding dual citizenship does not have a right to serve as a Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament.

This was revealed when the petition filed by four residents of Galle challenging the parliamentary position of Geetha Kumarasinghe was taken up today, March 14.

Deputy Solicitor General Janaka de Silva, appearing on behalf of the Attorney General announced at the Court of Appeal that Geetha Kumarasinghe has thus far failed to inform Court that she renounced her citizenship in Switzerland.

The Deputy Solicitor General pointed out that therefore she has no legal right to serve as a parliamentarian.

Court ordered for written submissions before April 05 and postponed the hearing to May 03 when a verdict will be delivered.

Meanwhile, the Gampaha High Court issued summons to Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Thirukumar Nadesan to appear in Court on May 03 in relation to the land in Malwana, Gampaha.

The Attorney General  on Thursday filed indictments against the duo at the Gampaha High Court with regard to the purchase of a land and house in Malwana, Gampaha for a sum of Rs. 250 million.

The Attorney General announced that indictments were filled against Basil Rajapaksa on charges of money laundering, aiding money laundering, and conspiring.

Meantime, Australian businessman Brian Shaddick, who is a witness in a case filed against MP Udaya Gammanpila provided evidence before the Colombo High Court once again, today, March 14.

Appearing in Court, he said that he flew to Sri Lanka and provided a statement to the police only after a proper environment came about in the island in order for him to pursue legal means in relation to the fraud.

Brian Shaddick refuted claims made by the Defence Counsels citing that he had signed documents of a company named Metal Recyclers Colombo in 1997 and added that though the signature is similar to his, it was not placed by him.

He also rejected the allegations made by the defence that he was making false statements.The case will be taken up again on March 16.

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