Supreme Court resumes hearing of FR petitions
December 6, 2018
The third day of the hearing of the 13 Fundamental Rights petitions filed against the 2096/70 Gazette issued by President Maithripala Sirisena, dissolving Parliament, commenced this morning at the Supreme Court.
Submissions on intermediate petitions got underway this morning.
NewsRadio Court correspondent said Chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Professor GL Peries and Professor Channa Jayasumana and their attorney’s tabled submissions.
Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya made his submissions yesterday, stating the Supreme Court does not have the legal authority to hear the petitions and therefore called for the petitions to be dismissed.
The seven-member Supreme Court bench was appointed last month to hear the petitions filed against the President’s decision to dissolve Parliament.
Accordingly the hearing of the petitions that commenced on Tuesday will conclude today, while the pronouncement of the verdict is scheduled for tomorrow.
The stay order issued on the Gazette remains in effect until tomorrow.