Dec 09, Colombo: The Colombo District Court has issued notice to Leader of the Opposition and president of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya Party Sajith Premadasa and its General Secretary, MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara to appear before the Court on the 25th of January 2023.
Colombo District Judge Purnima Paranagama today issued a notice and summons to Mr. Sajith Premadasa, and, Mr. Ranjith Madduma Bandara, asking them to present the facts to the court on January 25th if there are reasons for not banning them from holding positions in the Samagi Jana Balawegaya Party.
The judge issued the order after considering a petition filed by State Minister Diana Gamage.
State Minister Diana Gamage has filed a petition challenging the Samagi Jana Balawegaya membership of the two MPs claiming their membership and posts within the party are in violation of the party’s Constitution.
According to the constitution of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya Party, a person who is a member of an outside party cannot be a member of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya Party.
The petitioner points out that in the disciplinary action taken by the United National Party against Mr. Sajith Premadasa and Mr. Ranjith Madduma Bandara, they filed a case against that party and it is clear that Mr. Sajith Premadasa and Mr. Ranjith Madduma Bandara are working as members of another party. It also mentions that those who work as members are not able to be members of Samagi Jana Balawegaya.
The petitioner further requested the court to issue an order to prevent Mr. Sajith Premadasa and Mr. Ranjith Madduma Bandara from working in the positions of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya.
State Minister Gamage filed an affidavit by the General Secretary of the UNP, the Court procedures of MP Ranjith Madduma Bandara challenging disciplinary action by the UNP and several other documents as evidence before Court.
President Counsel Udith Igalahewa representing the State Minister, presented the facts and requested that only interim notices and summons be issued against the respondents.
After considering the facts presented, the judge who issued the relevant order, adjourned the petition to be called again on January 25 next year.