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Writ petition filed challenging Ranil’s Parliamentary seat fixed for support

 

A writ petition filed challenging UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe’s Parliamentary seat was yesterday fixed for support on January 31 by the Court of Appeal.

This petition had sought an order in the nature of a writ of quo warranto declaring that UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe is disqualified to be a Member of Parliament and thus the appointment of Wickremesinghe as a Member of Parliament void and that he has no right to continue to hold office as a Member of Parliament.

When the matter came up before Court of Appeal Justice Arjuna Obeysekara, the Attorney General sought a further date to support the application.

This petition was filed by Sharmila Roweena Jayawardene Gonawela, a member of the Colombo Municipal Council representing Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.

The petitioner cited UNP General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake, Bank of Ceylon and People’s Bank as respondents.

The petitioner alleged that first respondent Wickremesinghe held, as at the time of the Parliamentary Elections were held on August 17, 2015, a financial interest in several contracts entered into by public corporations on behalf of the Republic of Sri Lanka with his family company Lake House Printers & Publishers, by virtue of his having been a major shareholder of the company.

The petitioner stated that first respondent Ranil Wickremesinghe was declared elected as a Member of Parliament from the Colombo District at the Parliamentary Elections in 2015, to sit and vote in Parliament. The petitioner states that the first respondent’s election was illegal for the reasons set out below and is thus a usurper of the authority of a Member of Parliament, and is not qualified to hold the office of a Member of Parliament.

The petitioner states that Article 91(1)(e) of the Constitution of the Republic bars individuals who hold any interest in public contracts from election as a Member of Parliament.

 

The petitioner states that as held in Dilan Perera vs Rajitha Senaratne (2000 (2) S.L.R. 79), that under prevailing law, Article 91(1)(e) of the Constitution disqualifies a person to be elected as a Member of Parliament or to sit and vote in Parliament, if he enjoys any right or benefit under any contract made by or on behalf of the Republic of Sri Lanka in respect of the government for the furnishing or providing of money to be remitted abroad or of goods or services to be used or employed in the service of the Republic of Sri Lanka, in the island. 

 

 

 

 


Writ petition filed challenging

Ranil’s Parliamentary seat fixed for support [Time 14.52]

 A writ petition filed challenging. UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe's parliamentary seat was today fixed for support on January 31 by Court of Appeal.


This petition had sought an order in the nature of a writ of quo warranto declaring that UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe is disqualified to be a Member of Parliament and thus the appointment of Ranil Wickremasinghe as a member of Parliament void and that he has no right to continue to hold office as a member of Parliament.

When the matter came up before Court of Appeal Justice Arjuna Obeysekara, the Attorney General sought a further date to support the application.

This petition was filed by Sharmila Roweena Jayawardene Gonawela, amember of Colombo Municipal Council representing Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.

 


 

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