Samagi Jana Balavegaya filed FR application challenging dissolution of parliament and declaring election

Samagi Jana Balavegaya filed FR application challenging dissolution of parliament and declaring election

Samagi Jana Balavegaya filed FR application challenging dissolution of parliament and declaring election

Written by Zulfick Farzan

06 May, 2020 | 7:00 pm

Colombo (News 1st); Ex-MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara who is also the General Secretary of the Samagi Jana Balavegaya filed a Fundamental Rights application with the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

The application challenged the gazette issued by the President dissolving Parliament on the 02nd of March and the gazette issued by the Chairman of the National Elections Commission declaring 20th June as the day of the General Election.

The petition notes according to the appropriation bill produced to Parliament on the 23rd of October the present government was only vested with the power to use public funds until the 30th of April.

Ex-MP Ranjith Mandduma Bandara further notes in the petition it is unconstitutional to use public funds thereafter, adding by doing so the Government had violated his and the people’s fundamental rights.

The petitioner requests for two interim injunctions be issued invalidating the gazette issued by the President dissolving Parliament on the 02nd of March and the gazette issued by the Chairman of the National Elections Commission declaring 20th June as the day of the General Election.

The President represented by the Attorney General, the Chairman of the National Elections Commission and its members and the Attorney General were named as respondents in the petition.

The petitioner seeks a Supreme Court ruling to claim the use of public funds in the absence of parliamentary approval as unconstitutional.

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