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Mahinda Rajapaksa’s appeal today

A writ petition filed by United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and 121 other Parliamentarians seeking an order in the nature of Quo Warranto declaring that Mahinda Rajapaksa is not entitled to hold the office of Prime Minister will be taken up for support before the Court of Appeal today.
This petition is to be heard before Court of Appeal President, Justice Prasanna Jayawardene, L.T.B. Dhehidheniya and Justice Priyantha Jayawardene.
The petitioners further sought an order in the nature of Quo Warranto declaring that 49 respondents including the Prime Minister and the Ministers of the incumbent government are not entitled to hold the office of ministers of the cabinet of Ministers and Deputy Ministers.
The petitioners, the Members of Parliament representing the United National Party, Tamil National Alliance, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and several other parties filed this petition naming 49 persons including Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, members of Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers as respondents. The petitioners stated that on November 14, 2018, Parliament passed a vote of No-Confidence against the purported government of the Respondents.
Meanwhile, a lawyer on behalf of Ranil Wickremesinghe has filed a motion before the Supreme Court requesting a five-member judge panel for the hearing of the aforementioned appeal.
A second motion has also been filed at the Supreme Court by 122 MPs who are named respondents of the appeal, requesting the relevant appeal not to be heard before Judge Eva Wanasundara in fear of a biased judgement.


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