Motion filed on controversial Sri Lanka judge, expanded bench sought
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has sought an expanded bench to hear an appeal by Mahinda Rajapaksa after courts barred him from acting as Prime Minister in an interim order and raised concerns on a controversial judge.
Sri Lanka was plunged into a political crisis after President Maithripala Sirisena on October 26, worsening economic instability that began in the first half of the year with a rate cut and money printing by the central bank.
A three judge bench made up of justices Eva Wanasundera, justice Buvenaka Aluvihare and Vijith Kumara Malalgoda is to take up the appeal on Friday.
Lawyers for the United National Party of Ranil Wickremesinghe have also filed a motion on controversial Justice Eva Wanasundera.
Justice Wanasundera has been quoted in a newspaper in 2014 saying that she has a close friendship with Rajapaksa.
On Thursday, a 7-judge bench decided that President Sirisena had violated the constitution in dissolving parliament after Rajapaska failed to secure a majority support in the assembly. (Colombo/Nov14/2018)