Jan 13, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) is to take legal action against 16 members of parliament who have been elected under the UNP ticket at the last general election and crossed over to the government.
UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake has said that legal action would be taken against the 16 members of parliament who had defected to the government and voted in favor of the impeachment motion to remove the Chief Justice.
He has noted that letters had been sent to all MPs who defected to the government after being elected on the UNP ticket asking them to vote against the impeachment motion.
He has explained that the members who were elected under the UNP had been informed of the party's stance to vote against the motion.
The defected UNP parliamentarians have alleged that the UNP individually threatened them to move Supreme Court against them if they voted with the government on the impeachment motion.
The warning has caused anxiety among members and many MPs had been nervous over the UNP threat and expressed their willingness to be left out of the vote, the Island reported.
The UNP decided to vote against the motion claiming it is unconstitutional.
According to Attanayake, legal action would be initiated and the UNP's Working Committee would also decide on the action to be taken.