Civil appellate court rejects SJB appeal challenging UNP, orders to pay court expenses

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ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Western Province Civil Appellate High Court rejected an appeal submitted by the opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) without a hearing this morning.

The appeal was submitted by SJB General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara challenging a decision by the United National Party (UNP) to suspend party members who had defected to the SJB.

A group of UNPers including party stalwarts joined the newly formed SJB en masse in support of former Opposition Leader and UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa in the run up to Sri Lanka’s upcoming parliamentary polls. The UNP’s Working Committee in May suspended 102 party members who had submitted nominations from the SJB for the polls due to be held on August 5.

Madduma Bandara had previously requested an enjoining order from the District Court of Colombo, who had rejected his application. He subsequently appealed to the Civil Appellate Court of the Western Province against the order issued by the District Judge.

Justices Sampath Abeykoon and Mohamad Laffar of the Civil Appellate Court rejected the appeal today without a hearing and charged the SJB general secretary Rs 25,000 in court expenses. (Colombo/Jul21/2020)

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