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* SC allows respondents to file objections to MP Diana Gamage’s petition
Tue, Nov 23, 2021, 01:29 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 23, Colombo: The Supreme Court today allowed the respondents to file objections to the petition filed by MP Diana Gamage seeking annulment of the decision taken by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya to expel her from the party.

The Supreme Court has directed that the objections be filed before December 13.

The petition was taken up today before a three-judge bench comprising Justices Preethi Padman Surasena, Gamini Amarasekera and Shiran Gunaratne.

The Bench decided to call back the petition on December 13.

The petitioner has named 11 respondents including SJB General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Chairman Sajith Premadasa, Parliamentary Secretary Dhammika Dassanayake and Election Commission Chairman Nihal G. Punchihewa and its members, and Elections Commissioner General Saman Sri Ratnayake.

The petitioner states that she was the secretary of the Ape Jathika Peramuna party and later renamed the party as Samagi Jana Balawegaya.

The petitioner alleges that the respondents had sought to cancel her party membership by alleging that she had voted in favor of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution when it was passed.

The petitioner alleges that the respondents did not allow a fair disciplinary inquiry before expelling her and alleged that this was a violation of the legal principle of natural justice.

Accordingly, she has requested the Supreme Court to issue an order revoking the SJB’s decision to suspend her party membership.

 

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