Interim order issued preventing PM and Cabinet from functioning
Posted on December 3rd, 2018

Courtesy Adaderana

The Court of Appeal today issued an interim injunction order restraining Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Cabinet from functioning until the hearing of the Writ of Quo Warranto filed against them holding office is concluded.

The court fixed dates from December 12 to proceed with the hearing of the petition while notice was also issued on the 49-member Cabinet including Prime Minister Rajapaksa to appear before the court on that date.

Delivering its decision following a lengthy consideration process, the interim order was issued by a judge bench comprising of Court of Appeal President Justice Preethi Padman Surasena and Justice Arjuna Obeysekara.

Accordingly, the court granted leave to proceed with the Quo Warranto petition and issued notice on the respondents to appear before the court and give testimonies.

The court said that the interim order will be in effect until the hearing of the petition concludes.

The Appeals Court today concluded the consideration of the Writ of Quo Warranto which filed by 122 Members of Parliament including members of the UNF, TNA, JVP, SLMC and ACMC.

Consideration of the Writ of Quo Warranto resumed before the Court of Appeal for the second day this morning while the court’s decision whether to grant leave to proceed with the petition or not was to be announced at 3.00 p.m. today (Dec. 3).

The application was also taken up for consideration on November 30 while Rajapaksa’s lawyers had requested the Appeals Court to dismiss the Writ of Quo Warranto on that day.

Parliamentarians who filed the Quo Warranto petition say that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has no parliamentary majority and the speaker too has confirmed this.

As a result, the petitioners claim that Mahinda Rajapaksa is not legally entitled to hold office of Prime Minister under the 19th Amendment of the Constitution.

Hence, the petitioners have appealed to the Court of Appeal to nullify the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister and the Cabinet ministers, as per the provisions of the Constitution.

The petitioners have been named Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and 48 others as respondents of the case.

3 Responses to “Interim order issued preventing PM and Cabinet from functioning”

  1. Charles Says:

    Abolutely wrong decision. These judges are,out of touch with the people and reality. They are seeking applause from the West. They did not see atleast for a short time people enjoyed a little relief and that these stupid judges have heldup.

    Damn the Sri Lanka Judiciary.

  2. Nihal Perera Says:

    This is what I call the Kangaroo Courts…! Run by bunch of idiotic judges who are not in touch with the reality and the people’s wishes.

    This has become a circus. The ONLY way to solve this problem is to go for elections. No other way.

    LET PEOPLE DECIDE…. Not the blood-sucking bunch of lawyers and judges.

  3. Hiranthe Says:

    These two judges would have definitely had a sweetener.

    Otherwise what the reason for their verdict to mention about “International” opinion on the country.

    This is a honourable court of a sovereign country and the judgement should be made only in accordance with the constitution, not considering any International criticism.

    They had to show that they are West’s and Tamil Die-Ass-Pora’s obedient servants. That is the only reason.

    We should add these two traitors names to the Traitors of Mother Lanka list.

    * Justice Preethi Padman Surasena.
    * Justice Arjuna Obeysekara.

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