Petition against Samagi Jana Balawegaya dismissed | Daily News


 

Petition against Samagi Jana Balawegaya dismissed

A writ petition filed challenging legality of Samagi Jana Balawegaya Chairman and its Secretary was today dismissed by Supreme Court.   

Taking into account a preliminary objection raised by Attorney General, Supreme Court three-judge-bench comprising Justice Buwaneka Aluvihare, Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya and Justice Preethi Padman Surasena decided to dismiss the petition in limine.

Oshala Herath who is contesting in the upcoming General Election under UNP ticket (Colombo District) has filed this writ petition.

The petitioner sought an Interim Order preventing the former Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa and Ranjith Maddumabandara from holding out to the general public that they are the Chairman and Secretary of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya party.     

Senior Deputy Solicitor General Nerin Pulle appearing for Election Commission Chairman and Attorney General informed Supreme Court that the Court has no jurisdiction to hear this petition since petitioner is challenging the powers vested on the Election Commission under Parliamentary Election Act.  

Attorney-at-law Niranjan de Silva appearing for the petitioner told court that changes of office-bearers Ape Jathika Peramuna Party have not been informed to the Election Commission in terms of section 8 of the Parliamentary Election Act.

“The constitutional changes of a recognized political party should be informed to the Election Commission”, de Silva said.

Meanwhile, President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva appearing for Sajith Premadasa and Ranjith Maddumabandara alleged that the petitioner has suppressed the material facts that he is contesting upcoming General Election under UNP ticket. 
 


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