Nov 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Appeal Courts on Friday postponed the hearing on the Quo Warranto Writ petition filed by 122 members of Parliament questioning the legitimacy of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government to next Monday 3 December.
Parliamentarians of UNP, JVP and TNA on 23 November filed a Writ of Quo Warranto in the Court of Appeal challenging Mahinda Rajapaksa on continuing to hold the office of Prime Minister after a no confidence motion had been passed in Parliament against him.
The case was taken up Friday for the first time before the two- judge bench of Justices Preethi Padman Surasena and Arjuna Obeysekara.
Both parties of the petitioners and the respondents made submissions until about 5:30 this evening and the court decided to hear the petition again on Monday.
The petition has named 49 respondents including Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
President's Counsel Gamini Marapana, who appeared on behalf of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, made submissions to the court on behalf of the respondents.
President's Counsel K. Kanageswaran appearing for the petitioners making submissions said that the parliament with a majority has passed two no-confidence motions against the 49 respondents including the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cabinet.
President's Counsel Gamini Marapana, who appeared on behalf of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse as the respondent in the petition, stated that the no-confidence motion put forward by the petitioners was not passed in the formal manner. Therefore, the President's Counsel Marapana requested the court to dismiss the petition without proceeding.
President's Counsel Romesh de Silva appearing for respondents Chamal Rajapaksa, Dinesh Gunawardena and Johnston Fernando said the entries in the Hansard which say the no-confidence motion passed in parliament are false. He argued that the Court cannot issue an order on the basis of Hansard's false information.
The hearing of the petition will continue on Monday (December 3rd).