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Contempt of court proceedings against Wigneswaran terminated

The Court of Appeal yesterday decided to terminate contempt of court proceedings against former Northern Province Chief Minister and Retired Supreme Court Justice C.V Wigneswaran and two others.

Filing a contempt of court action in Court of Appeal, B.Denishwaran alleged that former Northern Province Chief Minister C.V Wigneswaran and Ananthi Sasitharan and K.Sivanesan have willfully acted in contempt of the Court of Appeal order since they prevented him from acting as a Minister of the Northern Province.

Counsel Suren Fernando appearing for Denishwaran informed the Court that his client was willing to reach a settlement, if Wigneswaran withdrew the appeal petition filed in the Supreme Court.

President’s Counsel K. Kanag-iswaran appearing for former Chief Minister Wigneswaran expressed his client’s willingness to withdraw the appeal petition filed in Supreme Court.

Accordingly, the Court of Appeal two-judge-bench comprising Justices Mahinda Samayawardhena and Priyantha Fernando decided to terminate case proceedings against Wigneswaran and three others.

In his complaint, Denishwaran stated that the first respondent, Justice Wigneswaran has, by his conduct and statements, acted in contumacious and willful disobedience of the order of the Court of Appeal and thus committed an act of contempt against the authority and dignity of the Court of Appeal.

The Court of Appeal on June 29, 2018 issued an Interim Order preventing the decision of former Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran to expel B. Denishwaran from functioning as the Fisheries and Transport Minister in the province.

The petitioner B.Denishwaran had challenged Northern former Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran in the Court of Appeal, complaining that the Chief Minister had no power to appoint or remove any Provincial Council minister.

Former Chief Minister C.V Wigneswaran had also filed an appeal in Supreme Court challenging the Court of Appeal’s Interim Order to prevent Wigneswaran’s decision to remove B. Denishwaran from functioning as the Minister of Fisheries and Transport in the province.

Counsel Suren Fernando appeared for the petitioner Denishwaran. President’s Counsel K. Kanag-iswaran appeared for former Chief Minister Wigneswaran.

 


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