SL Supreme Court fixes inquiry into petitions challenging the CFA
[TamilNet, Saturday, 01 December 2007, 13:08 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Supreme Court Friday fixed the inquiry for March 10 next
year into the petitions filed by the Sinhala extreme nationalist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and Sinhala Jathika Sangamaya (SJS)
challenging the legality of the ceasefire agreement signed by the then
Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremasinghe and Velupillai Pirapaharan, the leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on 22 February 2002.
The JVP is the third largest party in Sri Lanka's parliament with 38
parliamentarians. SJS is a front organization of the JVP.
JHU is another political group in the parliament
with nine parliamentarians.
All these three political groups have stated in their petitions that
the February 2002 CFA is illegal and against the constitution
of the country that Ranil Wickremasinghe had signed the CFA with the
LTTE without the consent of the then executive president Chandrika
Under the constitution it is mandatory that any agreement
by the Prime Minister in power should be signed with the consent of
the executive presidency, they have stated in their petition.
Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe and Mr. V. Pirapaharan and members of then cabinet of
ministers have been cited as respondents in these petitions, legal sources