Mar 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Colombo district judge Amal Ranaraja today declined to issue an order to prevent a disciplinary probe by the main opposition United National Party (UNP) against its Kandy district MP Abdul Cader.
The investigation is against Cader for infringing the party collective decision to vote against the impeachment of the former Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake.
MP Cader who crossed over to the government and assumed a Deputy Minister position appealed to the court to issue an order suspending the disciplinary probe by the UNP party scheduled to be held tomorrow.
The judge pointed out that the Deputy Minister is still a party member and he is still bound to abide the UNP constitution.
The respondents UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake and party leader Ranil Wickremasinghe were issued summons to appear in court on March 28.
The Court also granted enjoining orders today preventing the UNP from taking disciplinary action against MPs Earl Gunasekera, Lakshman Seneviratne and Nimal Wijesinghe who also crossed over to the government after contesting the election under the UNP.
The UNP had sought to launch disciplinary inquiries on the crossed over MPs for voting in favor of the impeachment motion against the former Chief Justice.