Dec 06, Colombo: The Supreme Court today extended the interim injunction order issued against the Gazette issued by President Maithripala Sirisena, dissolving Parliament until the 8th of December.
The apex court for the third day heard the arguments on 13 Fundamental Rights petitions filed by political parties against the Gazette notification 2096/70 issued by the President to dissolve Parliament on 9th November.
The Court today heard the submissions by the chairman of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Professor GL Peiris, Professor Channa Jayasumana and their attorney's on intermediate petitions filed claiming President's order is constitutional.
Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya made his submissions yesterday, stating the Supreme Court does not have the legal authority to hear the petitions and therefore called for the petitions to be dismissed.
The seven-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Nalin Perera will convene again tomorrow to hear the petitions.
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.