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Court extends Interim Injunction against ex-President Sirisena

May 09, Colombo (LNW): The Colombo District Court has extended the interim injunction preventing former President Maithripala Sirisena from acting as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) until May 29.

The decision came in as the court reviewed a plaint submitted by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga on the matter.

The injunction was initially issued on April 04 and serves as a temporary restraint against Sirisena from carrying out any duties associated with his position within the SLFP.

The extension of this injunction underscores the ongoing legal battle surrounding Sirisena’s role within the party.

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, a key figure within the SLFP, initiated legal action against Sirisena’s chairmanship, leading to the court’s intervention.

The details of Kumaratunga’s complaint and the specific grounds for the injunction extension have not been disclosed publicly.

The legal proceedings reflect internal strife within the SLFP. Sirisena, who served as the country’s President from 2015 to 2019, assumed the chairmanship of the SLFP following his tenure in office.

However, disputes over leadership and party direction have evidently led to legal recourse.

The extension of the injunction until May 29 suggests that the court requires additional time to deliberate on the matter and reach a conclusive decision.

Until then, Sirisena remains barred from exercising his role as the SLFP Chairman, pending further legal proceedings.

Sirisena recently came under the public’s microscope following his controversial remarks on the Easter Sunday carnage, a series of suicide bomb attacks which took away more than 270 lives on April 21, 2019, claiming that he has knowledge on the mastermind behind the attacks.

The outcome of this case holds significance not only for the internal dynamics of the SLFP but also for the broader political landscape in Sri Lanka.

The resolution of this legal dispute may impact the party’s direction, leadership structure, and influence within the country’s political sphere.

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