The Court of Appeal today rejected the petition filed seeking a Quo Warranto preventing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from being a Member of Parliament.
The decision was delivered by a judge bench comprising Justices Shiran Gunaratne and Priyantha Fernando.
The petition had been filed by Colombo Municipal Council member Sharmila Gonawala.
President’s Counsel K. Kanageeswaran appearing on behalf of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe had stated that the petitioners have submitted neither original copies nor certified copies of the documents they had presented along with the petition.
Stating that this is a violation of the Supreme Court’s rules, PC Kanageeswaran, hence, sought the Appeals Court to void the petition without conducting a formal hearing.
The Court of Appeal accepted this preliminary objection and decided to reject the petition without taking it up for hearing.