Court dismisses petition against Fonseka's election to parliament

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 28 September 2010, 20:30 GMT]
Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal Tuesday rejected a petition challenging the election of Sarath Fonseka, former Commander of the Sri Lanka Army to Sri Lanka parliament from the Colombo district in the last general election held on April 8. The petition came up for inquiry before a three member bench. The petitioner Anandan Mohandas of Haputale sought the Court of Appeal to declare the election of Fonseka as null and void as he was not a registered voter in Sri Lanka.

Counsel for the Commissioner of Elections told court that there were no reasonable legal provisions to challenge the election of Fonseka.

Meanwhile, Counsel for the petitioner told court that his client was willing to withdraw his petition.

The court allowed the petitioner to withdraw the petition and rejected the petition. However the court told the petitioner that if the need arises, he could file a new petition on a future date.

 

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