Supreme Court does not have authority to hear petitions on President’s orders

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Supreme Court does not have the lawful authority to hear the Fundamental Rights (FR) petitions against the dissolution of the Parliament, Attorney General (AG) Jayantha Jayasuriya stated.

He stressed this while making submissions before the Supreme Court on Wednesday (05) over the FR petition against the dissolution of the Parliament.

AG Jayantha Jayasuriya emphasised that the process provided for in Article 38 (2) has to be initiated if the President has intentionally violated the Constitution.

Had the President violated the Constitution of the country, his [The President] actions can only be challenged at Parliament, the AG added.

Second day hearing of Fundamental Rights (FR) petitions challenging the Gazette Notification issued by President Maithripala Sirisena to dissolve Parliament, commenced before the Supreme Court Judge Bench, this morning (05).

The Judge Bench comprised with the Chief Justice Nalin Perera, and Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Sisira J. de Abrew, Priyantha Jayawardena, Prasanna S. Jayawardena, Vijith K. Malalgoda, and Murdu Fernando.

Petitioners are seeking a declaration that President Sirisena’s proclamation of dissolving Parliament infringes on fundamental rights.

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