Parliament dissolution hearing to recommence

Parliament dissolution hearing to recommence

The hearing of the Fundamental Rights petitions filed against the 2096/70 Gazette issued by President Maithripala Sirisena, dissolving Parliament, will recommence this morning at the Supreme Court.

The petitions will be heard before a Seven-member Supreme Court bench.

The bench will be presided over by Chief Justice Nalin Perera while several counsels made their submissions during yesterday’s hearing.

Court Correspondent said the Supreme Court bench will re-commence the hearing of the Fundamental Rights petitions filed against Gazette 2096/70, this morning.

The seven-member bench headed by Chief Justice Nalin Perera was appointed last month to hear the petitions filed against the decision to dissolve Parliament.

Accordingly the hearing of the petitions that commenced yesterday will conclude tomorrow while the pronouncement of the verdict is scheduled for Friday.

A three-member Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Nalin Perera on the 13th of November, suspended Gazette 2096/70 issued by President Maithripala Sirisena, dissolving the eighth Parliament.

A stay order was subsequently issued on the Gazette until the 7th of December.

A total of 14 petitions were filed by the United National Party, the Tamil National Alliance, the JVP, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, the All Ceylon Makkal Congress and several others at the Supreme Court.

President Maithripala Sirisena, Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Attorney General and the Chairman of the Elections Commission were named as respondents.

The petitions claimed that following the enactment of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the powers of the Executive to dissolve Parliament have been limited.

Accordingly the petitioners were seeking an order to annul the Gazette issued by the President.