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* Motions filed requesting five-judge SC panel, and remove Judge Eva Wanasundera from panel hearing Mahinda Rajapaksa's appeal
Thu, Dec 13, 2018, 08:04 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 13, Colombo: Lawyers on behalf of ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have filled a motion before Supreme Court requesting a five-judge Bench to hear Mahinda Rajapaksa's appeal on holding the Prime Minister's office.

The Supreme Court will hear the appeal filed against Court of Appeal's interim injunction that restrained Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cabinet from functioning in the respective posts on December 14th.

The appeal seeks an order to allow the functioning of the Cabinet until the conclusion of the hearing of the petition filed on the dissolution of Parliament.

The motion filed by the UNP lawyers says Rajapaksa's appeal is constitutionally significant and it should be heard before a five-judge panel.

The Court of Appeal on 3rd December issued an interim order restraining Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Cabinet of the purported government appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena last month from functioning until the Writ of Quo Warranto filed against them is concluded.

The 122 MPs who had signed the Writ of Quo Warranto against Mahinda Rajapaksa holding office as Prime Minister, have been named as respondents in the appeal.

Meanwhile, another motion has been filed at the Supreme Court by 122 MPs who are named respondents of the appeal, requesting the relevant appeal not to be heard before Judge Eva Wanasundera in fear of a biased judgement.

They have requested the Supreme Court to remove Judge Wanasundera, from the judge panel and the appeal be heard before another judge panel.

 

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