Legal challenge filed against ousted Sri Lankan PM
Colombo: A local Sri Lankan Municipal Councillor on Tuesday filed a petition in the Court of Appeal against ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe continuing to be a member of Parliament.
The petition was filed by Colombo Municipal Councillor Sharmila Gonawala, Xinhua news agency reported.
In addition, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, General Secretary of Wickremesinghe’s political party — the United National Party (UNP) — and Parliament’s Secretary General Dhammika Dissanayake were also named as respondents in the case.
The petition was filed in the Court of Appeal amidst a political crisis ongoing in the country, after President Maithripala Sirisena on October 26 sacked Wickremesinghe and appointed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister.
The Wickremesinghe-led UNP alleged that the President’s move was illegal as Wickremesinghe enjoyed a majority in Parliament.
Rajapaksa and his government were earlier temporarily suspended from holding public office till December 12, after 122 lawmakers filed a petition in a court saying the government did not hold a majority in Parliament as it had been defeated in two no-confidence motions.
Later this week, the Supreme Court is also expected to issue a crucial verdict on President Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament and hold a snap parliamentary election.