35 written submissions to SC
Posted on November 9th, 2014

Sri Lankan News

Thirty-five sets of written submissions have been tendered to the Registrar of the Supreme Court yesterday, in respect of the two questions referred to the Supreme Court by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.In terms of Article 129(1) of the Constitution, the President sought the opinion of the Supreme Court whether there is any impediment for him to be elected for a further term of office as the incumbent President.

On the direction of the Supreme Court, the Registrar informed the members of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), to tender their written submissions by 3 p.m., 7 November 2014 (yesterday).

Meanwhile, BASL President, Upul Jayasuriya, in a letter to the Registrar of the Supreme Court has asked that an oral hearing be awarded before written submissions could be made on the opinion sought by the President from the Supreme Court on contesting a third term.

The President has sought an opinion to be given by Monday (10).The BASL, however, pointed out that since it was a matter of national importance and that since the media too have suggested that certain proceedings have already been held in-camera, an oral hearing on the matter would clear all doubts.
The Association said, the terms of Article 129 (1) of the Constitution allowed for an oral hearing and that has been the tradition that was followed in the past.

As a time limit has been imposed on the opinion, the BASL has requested that the Supreme Court seek an extension of time before the delivery, as allowed in Article 129 (1). They ask for two weeks to debate the issue.

The BASL President explained that since the incumbent President has over two years left of his term in office, there was no urgency in the matter that there was no other urgency to refuse an extension time two weeks.


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One Response to “35 written submissions to SC”

  1. Raj Says:

    2 out of 34 submissions which are against Mahinda’s eligibility. They were from well known Pakiasothy and another junior lawyer.

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