FR petitions against General Election to be heard tomorrow

Several petitions including the Fundamental Rights (FR) petition filed by an attorney seeking an order quashing the Extraordinary Gazette notification declaring the General Election on June 20 are to be heard tomorrow before Supreme Court three-judge-bench headed by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya.

These petitions are to be taken up before Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justice S. Thurairaja and Justice Murdu Fernando.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to commence its sittings for the 2nd Term of 2020, tomorrow (11) following court delay necessitated by the coronavirus.

Attorney-at-Law Charitha Gunaratne, the son of former Central Province Governor Maithri Gunaratne had filed a petition seeking a declaration that the Gazette notification in question is unconstitutional.

Subsequently, several political parties including Samagi Janabalawegaya and several civil society activists including former Ravaya newspaper Editor Victor Ivan and Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu had also filed Fundamental Rights petitions over the same issues relating to general election and the dissolution of parliament.

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