It is reported that the Rajapaksa’s group is expecting that the Supreme Court will dismiss petitions filed against President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve the parliament.
It was also reported that they believe that the petitions will be dismissed on the basis of technical errors in the provisions of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which focus on the dissolution of parliament.
When the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was read for the first time, the amendment which stipulates that the parliament can be dissolved only after four and a half years had not been included; that section had been included at the working committee. Working committee state is usually used to add such amendments.
They had pointed out that that amendment is not valid for this particular matter.
Therefore, they are confident that the petitions will be dismissed without a hearing.
Speaking to Lanka News Web, former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya stated that there is no such legal issue, and that he signed it after second and third readings and also a vote. There is no issue with regard to the validity of the Constitution, he noted.
The President has stated that he will respect any verdict delivered by the Supreme Court.
The United National Party (UNP), Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) ad Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) will be going to the Supreme Court against the dissolution of the parliament today (12).