SC to hear FR petitions for 4th consecutive day

December 7, 2018

The 13 Fundamental Rights petitions filed against the gazette issued by the President dissolving parliament will be taken up for hearing, for the 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 the 2096/70 Gazette until tomorrow. The order was initially due to expire today.

NewsRadio Court correspondent said the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Professor GL Peries and Professor Channa Jayasumana and their attorney’s tabled submissions stating the President’s decision was in line with the Constitution.

Meanwhile 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 the opportunity to make their submissions during today’s hearing.

The seven-member Supreme Court bench was appointed last month to hear the 13 petitions which were filed on 12th of November against the President’s decision to dissolve Parliament.

The petitions were filed by representatives of the United National Party, JVP, Tamil National Alliance and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress.

The petitions call for the Presidents gazette to be abolished claiming it is in violation of the Constitution.