Sri Lanka court blocks Rajapaksa from acting as PM
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal has retrained disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and a purported cabinet from acting in office, who was appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena on October 26, triggering a political and economic crisis.
Court said important decsions are taken by the Prime Minister and Ministers who have wide powers which may not be reversible.
The court said irreperable damage would be caused by not restraining the Rajapaksa and others from functioning in their offices.
The balance was tilted in favour of the petitioners who made up 122 out of a majority of 225 legislators, court said.
A majority made up of 122 legislators went to court seeking a write against Rajapaksa and a purported cabinet after parliament passed multiple motions of no confidence against him.
The court also issued a so-called writ of Quo Warranto on Rajapaksa and a disputed a cabinet of minister, requiring him to justify his staying in office in a case to be heard on December 12.
Counsel for the Petitioners said the purported Prime Minister and Ministers were usurpers who had put the country in crisis and had ‘raped’ the nation.
If a father rapes the child, will father be given custody of the child?, counsel asked.
Lawyers for the petitioners argued that the Hansard produced to show no confidence motions was not the final edited version and orders should not be made on a ‘draft’ Hansard.