Petition against SF’s NL appointment fixed for support
Posted on May 17th, 2017

By Chitra Weerarathne Courtesy The Island

The Supreme Court, yesterday fixed for support on July 12, 2017, a petition filed by Attorney-at-Law Ajith Prasanna, complaining that Minister Sarath Fonseka was not eligible to hold office as a Member of Parliament.

Prasanna served the Sinha Regiment in the Jaffna peninsula, where he received injuries in combat.

The petition has said that Fonseka was not a member of the UNP. He was not on the National List of the UNP either. Therefore, he was not qualified to enter Parliament as a National List Member of Parliament. He was defeated at the August 2015 general election, which he contested from the People’s Democratic Party led by him. The right to franchise of the people has been violated by his appointment to Parliament. Counsel Thishya Weragoda appeared for the petitioner.

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The Deputy Solicitor General, Nerin Pulle, appeared for the Attorney General.

The Bench comprised the Chief Justice Priyasarth Dep Justice Sisira De Abrew and Justice Nalin Perera.

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