Dec 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court Tuesday commenced hearing of the Fundamental Rights petitions filed by political parties challenging the gazette notification issued by the President to dissolve Parliament on 9th November.
Accordingly, the petitioners and respondents will make submissions to a seven judge bench of the Supreme Court today and tomorrow.
The Chief Justice Nalin Perera appointed a seven-judge full bench to hear the petitions submitted challenging the dissolution of Parliament by the President Maithripala Sirisena in response to a request made by the respondents.
The seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Nalin Perera will include justices Buwaneka Aluvihare, Sisira de Abrew, Priyantha Jayawardena, Prasanna Jayawardena, Vijith Malalgoda, and Murdu Fernando
Thirteen fundamental rights petitions were filed at the Supreme Court by political parties, and other individuals on November 12the requesting the apex court to declare President Maithripala Sirisena's order to dissolve parliament and call snap elections is in violation of the constitution and annul the order.
Political parties including United National Party (UNP), Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA), All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC), and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) as well as civil society organization, the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), Attorney Aruna Laksiri and a member of Elections Commission Prof. S. R. H. Hoole have filed petitions.
A three-judge bench on 13 November issued an interim order staying operation of the Gazette proclamation issued by the President dissolving the Parliament until 7 December 2018.