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SJB Members expulsion from UNP: Order fixed for June 15

The Colombo District yesterday fixed its order for June 15 for issuing restraining orders against the expulsion of Samagi Jana Balawegaya party representatives from the UNP.

The Colombo District Court yesterday refused to issue a restraining order, deciding that it was appropriate to consider both sides’ submissions before issuing a restraining order against the parties.

Colombo District Chief Judge Amali Ranaweera made this order after considering a case filed by Samagi Jana Balawegaya General Secretary, Ranjith Madduma Bandara against three other defendants including leader of the UNP Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The case was filed demanding a restraining order preventing the activation of letters of revocation of Samagi Jana Balawegaya party members from UNP.

UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and Deputy Leader Ravi Karunanayake were named as the accused in the case.

When the case was taken up before the Colombo District Court Chief Judge Amali Ranaweera, Attorney Neomal Pelpola presented oral submissions on behalf of the accused on the instructions of the Vidanapathirana Law firm and he said that the suspension of the party membership of the UNP members who formed Samagi Jana Balawegaya was a disciplinary action taken by the UNP constitution and that letters of revocations were issued to the members of the party on May 15.

Since the Samagi Jana Balawegaya representatives have not made any excuses regarding this matter until May 22, then the accused UNP has extended the excuse period by another month. While they have until June 22 to make their excuses against the suspension of the party membership, it was a misdemeanor to appear before the court, he said.

Attorney Pelpola further pointed out that, appearing before the Court without appealing to the party disciplinary committee is an act which contrary to the fair justice, accordingly, he sought from the court to refuse to issue a restraining order.

Samagi Jana Balawegaya, General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara filed the case through the Krishanthi Witharana Law firm and President’s Counsel Ikram Mohommad appeared for the prosecution.

While submitting his submission before the court he pointed out that some disciplinary actions of the UNP were seen by their members through social media.

After considering the facts, Colombo District Court Chief Judge Amali Ranaweera ordered the defendants (UNP) to produce their written submission on June 12 and present their oral objections on June 15. Accordingly, order will be delivered after considering the objections.

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