Social activist Oshala Herath has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court challenging the dismissal of his petition against State Minister Diana Gamage’s parliamentary seat. Herath’s appeal comes two weeks after the Appeals Court rejected his initial petition.
In his appeal naming State Minister Gamage and others as respondents, Herath reiterated his previous claim that Gamage, due to holding British citizenship, is ineligible to hold a parliamentary seat in Sri Lanka.
The Appeals Court, in a split 3-2 decision on October 31, dismissed Herath’s petition, albeit subject to a fee. Dissatisfied with this ruling, Herath now seeks a Supreme Court order asserting the unlawfulness of the Appeals Court decision and affirming that State Minister Gamage is not qualified for parliamentary membership.