Several FR petitions filed against dissolution of Parliament withdrawn

Fundamental Rights petitions filed by the Young Journalist Association and several others challenging the dissolution of Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena were yesterday withdrawn before the Supreme Court.

Counsel Thishya Weragoda and Counsel Darshana Weraduwage appearing for the petitioners informed the Supreme Court that they would not proceed with these petitions since prime relief of the petitioners have been already granted.

Thereby, the Supreme Court three-judge Bench comprising Justice Priyantha Jayawardena, Justice Vijith K. Malalgoda and Justice Murdu Fernando decided to terminate court proceedings into these petitions.

On December 13, the Supreme Court seven-judge-Bench headed by Chief Justice Nalin Perera unanimously ruled that the Gazette Notification issued by the President to dissolve Parliament prematurely was inconsistent with the Constitution.

Accordingly, the Supreme Court issued an order staying the operation of the Gazette Notification issued by the President to dissolve Parliament.

This order had been made consequent to the petitions filed by Tamil National Alliance leader R. Sampanthan, UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim, JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress leader Rauf Hakeem, All Ceylon Makkal Congress Party leader Rishad Bathiudeen, R.A.S.D.Perera, Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole, former MP Mano Ganeshan, Attorney-at-Law Lal Wijenayake and G.C.J. Perera.

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