Tamil Diplomat

SC orders to amend UPFA’s National List

The Supreme Court, on Monday August 31, ordered that the Fundamental Rights Petition which was filed against the National List of the United People’s Freedom Alliance be amended and submitted to court within a week.

The petition was filed by Somaweera Chandrasiri of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna. The petition was taken up once again on Monday before Chief Justice K. Sri Pawan and Supreme Court Justices Priyantha Jayawardena and Anil Gunaratne.

President’s Counsel Manohara de Silva, who represented the petitioner said that as those elected to Parliament are to be sworn in tomorrow, measures should be taken in this regard.

However, representing the respondents in the case, Attorney-at-law Saliya Peiris pointed out that certain important documentation was not available in the petition, and that the respondents in the case have not received any documentation relevant to the petition.

As the judges briefs also lacked a vast amount of relevant documents, the chief justice stated that the petition cannot be taken up for consideration. The attorney representing the petitioner said that he believes that taking into account the current situation, the petition must be amended.

The Supreme Court, which gave a period of one week for the petition to be amended, postponed the hearing until September 10.