Sri Lanka Quo Warranto case for possible order at 3.00 pm

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal has adjourned for deliberations in a case challenging the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister till 3.0 pm, when there was a possibility of an order being made.

The petitioners have sought a writ of Quo Warranto asking Rajapaksa to give reasons why he should remain in office, despite losing no faith motions in parliament.

They have also asked for interim relief, suspending his appointment and that of ministers.
Court could decide to grant a writ, an interim order or both, deny or continue the case, lawyers said.

Counsel for the Petitioners said the purported Prime Minister and Ministers were usurpers who had put the country in crisis and had ‘raped’ it.

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. There was time till tomorrow to submit corrections. (Colombo/Dec03/2018)