Appeal petitions challenging expulsion from UNP dismissed | Daily News

Appeal petitions challenging expulsion from UNP dismissed

The Supreme Court yesterday ordered to dismiss the appeal petitions filed by 69 Local Government Representatives challenging the United National Party (UNP) decision to expel them from the party following their decision to support the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) during last General Election.

President's Counsel Ronald Perera appearing for the UNP, a respondent party in the appeal petitions, raised preliminary objections citing that the affidavits pertaining to the appeals had been filed contrary to the Supreme Court rules. He moved the Supreme Court to dismiss the appeal petitions in limine since petitions had been filed contrary to the Supreme Court's rules.

Taking into consideration the objections, the Supreme Court three-judge-bench comprising Justice Vijith Malalgoda, Justice L.T.B. Dehideniya and Justice S. Thurairaja decided to dismiss all petitions at the initial stage.

On May 21, the Court of Appeal had ordered to dismiss writ petitions filed by 69 Local Government Representatives upholding preliminary objections raised by the UNP that the Court of Appeal has no jurisdiction to hear these cases since they deal with Local Government Elections.

The petitions had been filed by 69 Local Government Representatives including Gampola Municipal Councillor Anura Shantha Kumara and several Colombo Municipal Councillors naming UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, its former General Secretary Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and members of its Working Committee as respondents.