Sri Lanka Supreme Court order on parliament sacking case reserved for 5.00 pm
ECONOMYNEXT – A three judge bench of Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court is expected to given an order at 5.00 pm after several parties filed petitions against the sacking of the parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena, lawyers said.
Lawyers are awaiting a decision on ‘leave to proceed’ (whether the case will be taken up for hearing) and also whether interim relief will be given, until the hearing is concluded.
In interim relief, petitioners have asked for Elections Commission to be ordered not to hold a general election until the final determination of the case.
The attorney general appearing for the President argued that he had a ‘plenary executive power’ to dissolve the parliament at any time.
K Kanag-Isvaran, had argued that section 33 of the constitution cannot be taken in isolation and it was constrained by article 70 which limited the powers of dissolution to the lapse of 4.5 years.
The laywer appearing for GL Peiris has said that PC President had the power to dissolve under Article 33 and there was no connection to Article 70.
Kanag-Isvaran had said that in 2015, G L Pieris had himself said in parliament that that President cannot dissolve until the lapse of 4.5 years.
A lawyer appearing for Udaya Gammapila argued that President should be able to act as he is elected by the people.
UPDATE: Court gives order suspending the gazette that dissolved parliament, in interim relief. Please click the link below for additional information.