Injunction on Parliament dissolution Gazette extended

December 7, 2018

The Supreme Court today extended the interim injunction order issued against gazette 2096/70, issued by President Maithripala Sirisena, dissolving Parliament till the 10th of December.

The hearing of the 13 Fundamental Rights petitions filed against the dissolution of Parliament commenced for a fourth consecutive day today at the Supreme Court.

The petitions are being heard before a seven member Supreme Court bench led by the Chief Justice. At the conclusion of yesterday’s hearing the Supreme Court decided to extend the interim injunction order issued against gazette 2096/70 until tomorrow.

The order was initially due to expire today. However the interim injunction order was extended till today.

NewsRadio Court correspondent said the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Professor GL Peiris and Professor Channa Jayasumana and their attorney’s tabled submissions stating the President’s decision was in line with the Constitution, whilst Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya made his submissions on Wednesday, stating the Supreme Court does not have the legal authority to hear the petitions and therefore called for the petitions to be dismissed.

Meanwhile the Fundamental Rights petitioners will once again be granted an opportunity to make their submissions during today’s hearing.