Written by Staff Writer
13 Nov, 2018 | 5:26 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st) – The Supreme court has issued an interim order against the gazette notification through which parliament was dissolved. The verdict was delivered by a three-judge bench chaired by the chief justice.
The interim order will be in effect until the 7th of December. The verdict was issued after taking into consideration 12 petitions filed with the Supreme Court against the dissolution of parliament.
The Supreme Court today granted leave to proceed hearing the 12 petitions and noted that the hearings will take place on the 4th, 5th and 6th of December.
Hearings of the petitions challenging the gazette notification issued by the President dissolving parliament, continued for a second day today (Nov 13). Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya submitted to court today that the gazette notification issued by the President dissolving parliament was not illegal. The Attorney General made submissions for about 1 and a half hours from 10 am.
President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran contended that while the Attorney General made submissions in support of the president, he has a duty to uphold the constitution.
In response, the Attorney General noted that whilst he was making submissions for the President, this is in line with the constitution and prevailing law of the country and not in violation of the constitution or to serve the needs of the President.
12 petitions were filed at the Supreme Court challenging the dissolution of parliament. The petitions were filed by the UNP. TNA, JVP, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, the All Ceylon Makkal Congress, the Democratic People’s Front, the Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, Attorney at Law Aruna Laksiri, Attorney at Law Lal Wijenayake, Attorney at Law J.C.J Perera and Attorney at Law Indika Gallage.
A petition challenging the dissolution of parliament was also filed by Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole, a member of the Elections Commission of Sri Lanka.
Professor Channa Jayasumana of the Medical Faculty at the Raja Rata University came forward as an intervening petitioner.
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