Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today that the Fundamental Rights Petition filed by former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa would face a problem as the Cabinet which is named as the respondent may not be in existence on the next hearing date.
Mr. Wickremesinghe, who was speaking at the International Media Summit at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI), said that the question would arise as a new Cabinet would be in place on the next hearing date in October -- as there would be a new parliament by September.
The prime minister said he wanted to file his answers as soon as possible. He said the petitioner Mr. Rajapaksa had a right to have redress as soon as possible, without waiting till October.
He suggested that the government should seek the advice of the Commonwealth Judges Association. He justified this by pointing out that Sri Lanka held the Commonwealth Chair currently and was bound to follow its practices.
He said he agreed with some of the observations which Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala De Silva had made at the summit.
Mr. De Silva, who spoke before the Prime Minister said the private sector media should practice self censorship so that they won’t defame anyone. Citing an example he said a report that a former head of state had deposited billions of dollars in a foreign bank had caused harm to that person. (Yohan Perera and Darshana Sanjeewa)
Comments - 21
Lanka Watch Friday, 15 May 2015 06:56 PM
Why blame Ranil as any one can go to SC for a decisionas Ranil is not above the law.
Darm Friday, 15 May 2015 04:57 AM
Yes, illegal PM and cabinet will be out by October. People are waiting to return you to your usual job -leader of the opposition.
fawzan Friday, 15 May 2015 07:45 PM
I remembered one incident while Gotha was in power while LTTE exist. I happened to be near Independent Square waiting at the bus stop. Gotha supposed to user that road. Military personnel wanted me to move away from road and turned back and stand next to a parapet wall. I ask that military person why I should show by butt to Gotha. Now officially people realized that this is what Gotha deserve
Some Friday, 15 May 2015 06:17 AM
Ranil will stay because he is a educated and capable and has the support of the west for Development
dulan Friday, 15 May 2015 06:57 AM
The amount of people who agree to the above comments and the number who disagree shows whether ranil will stay or not
Citizen Friday, 15 May 2015 06:59 AM
You will be soon back in the opposition where you belong.
kotiYaa Friday, 15 May 2015 07:07 AM
It should be Mr Samaraweera
rameshjoseph Friday, 15 May 2015 07:45 AM
Hon . Ranil Wickramasinghe is the Only leader who can take forward the economy in Sri Lanka , and definitely a UNP government in near future , we respect you sir
Carlo Friday, 15 May 2015 07:49 AM
Still some do not understand what a big damage the previous regime had done to the country; luckily RW became Prime Minister. Wish him well and try to keep him for at least for another five years. He will save the country and then everyone would be happy.
Man Friday, 15 May 2015 08:48 AM
Please do not condemn the Royalists like Ranil, Dinesh, Ravi, etc. as they are very capable people.
Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 15 May 2015 08:53 AM
I think Ranil has lost his credibility beyond redemption by his stubborn appointment of CB Governor and more so, trying desperately to safeguard him on the Treasury Bond Issue. By this just one action he has proved who he is. He had a silver lining in his political future, that has disappeared.
Desmond Jeromme Friday, 15 May 2015 04:44 PM
Gotta played a dirty game and now trapped by PM.
Bubble Banda Friday, 15 May 2015 04:45 PM
Culprit Gotta... had knocked his empty head towards the wise Gen. Hon. RW.
Damien Thursday, 14 May 2015 10:43 PM
You will be out before thatl
Sikikii Thursday, 14 May 2015 10:44 PM
Gota is both desperate and foolish or it seems he knows that the Yahapalana Gov will win the next election as well
Patriot Friday, 15 May 2015 10:59 PM
RW is a great leader who can build this nation without any corruptions. He is not an actor but an intelligent via DM Android App
gayan Thursday, 14 May 2015 10:55 PM
Is he admitting the charges are fixed?
Theanga Friday, 15 May 2015 09:12 AM
The mighty defense secretary who scolded media persons in filth, who angrily lectured a reporter quite arrogantly is now crying mew mew like a cat!
Milkyway Thursday, 14 May 2015 11:08 PM
100 days has shown the voter that this man is no leader or administrator. Time is up to relax with your pension. I hope Rajitha (my school mate) will be the next PM.
riz Friday, 15 May 2015 05:15 PM
Yes, u r correct 100%
Lima Friday, 15 May 2015 09:57 AM
RANIL , TELL THESE JUDGES AND COURTS EACH PERSON IN THE COUNTRY BEFORE ARREST WILL FILE FR APPLICATION , SO NO ARREST TO ANYBODY , EVEN DRUG DEALERS , ROBBERS , MURDERERS WHY ONLY FOR GOTA THE HIGHEST MURDERER , ROBBER , WHY NOT FOR THE GENUINE MAN
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