Bid to delay Presidential Poll fails: SC dismisses FR petition

By AJA Abeynayake

A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court (SC), headed by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, yesterday dismissed a fundamental rights (FR) petition filed by businessman C.D. Lenawa seeking an order preventing the calling of a Presidential Election until the SC delivers its interpretation in respect of the length of the presidential term.

Earlier yesterday, the SC concluded the hearing of the FR petition and the intervening petitions while the verdict in the case was announced by the Supreme Court around 12.30 pm.

The petition was filed by Lenawa last Wednesday (03).

The petition requested that an interim order be issued to prevent the holding of the presidential election within the currently scheduled period until the court delivers its interpretation on the date of the next presidential election.

The five-member SC bench consisted of Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justice Vijith Malalgoda, Justice Murdu Fernando, Justice Preethi Padman Surasena and Justice S. Thurairaja.

Another four petitions for intervention had been filed pertaining to the Fundamental Rights petition.

The petitions for intervention were filed by the JVP/NPP, Wasantha Mudalige of the Inter-University Students’ Federation, Wimal Weerawansa of the NFF and the SJB.

Deputy Solicitor General Kanishka De Silva, appearing on behalf of the Acting Attorney General, yesterday informed the Court that according to the current Constitution, the tenure of the President was five years.

She also mentioned that preliminary objections would be raised, seeking the dismissal of the petition.

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