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FRs against dissolution, GE to be heard today

Seven Fundamental Rights petitions filed challenging the dissolution of Parliament and holding the General Election on June 20 will be taken up today before a five-judge-bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Justice Sisira de Abrew, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena and Justice Vijith Malalgoda.

Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya earlier nominated a fuller bench comprising five Supreme Court judges to hear the petitions. Attorney Charitha Gunaratne, son of former Central Province Governor Maithri Gunaratne initially filed a petition seeking a declaration that the Gazette notification in question is unconstitutional.

Subsequently, several political parties including the Samagi Janabalawegaya and several civil society activists including former Ravaya newspaper Editor Victor Ivan and Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu had also filed Fundamental Rights petitions over the same issues relating to the General Election and the dissolution of Parliament.

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