The Court of Appeal has given temporary relief to imprisoned Opposition Member of Parliament Ranjan Ramanayake ordering the Secretary-General of Parliament to refrain from taking action to disqualify him from sitting in Parliament.
In response to the filing of an appeal by Ramanayake, the President of the Court of Appeal Arjuna Obeyesekara and Judge Mayadunne Corea ordered that the SG should refrain from any action against the Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) MP until February 12.
The Actor-Politician who is serving four-years Rigorous Imprisonment for contempt of court, filed a Writ petition with regard to his eligibility to sit in Parliament. The petition will be taken up for hearing on February 11, an SJB spokesman told EconomyNext.
The writ application seeks to prevent the Secretary-General of Parliament from informing the Elections Commission that Ramanayake’s seat in Parliament was now vacant.
The SJB has argued in Parliament and outside that that Ramanayake’s conviction does not meet the criteria for disqualification to be an MP as laid out under several Articles of the Constitution.
Ramanayake’s lawyers have also filed an appeal against his conviction in the Supreme Court under the International Convention of Civil and Political Rights which is now part of the Sri Lankan statutes.
The MP was found in contempt by the Supreme Court last month for publicly declaring that most of the Judges and Lawyers in the Sri Lankan judicial system are corrupt. (February 5, 2021)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana