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Court rules Geetha disqualified to be MP

2017-05-03 10:35:41
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The Court of Appeal today ruled that MP Geetha Kumarasinghe was disqualified to be a Member of Parliament as she holds dual citizenship.

The Attorney General had earlier informed the Court of Appeal that MP Geetha Kumarasinghe was still a citizen of Switzerland and according to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, a person who has dual citizenship cannot be an MP.

Deputy Solicitor General Janak De Silva had informed Court that, according to clause 91(1) of the Constitution, she was not entitled to Parliamentary privileges and could not be a Member of Parliament.

 

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  • dham Wednesday, 3 May 2017 10:42

    Welcome back to Sweetland via DM Android App

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    Beginning of the end Wednesday, 3 May 2017 11:13

    A nail in the coffin for two individuals of the Maha Raja's clan. Even dual citizenship should be made a disqualification to hold posts in Govt and also to be involved in any political activity in the country

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    Citizen Silva Wednesday, 3 May 2017 11:58

    Don't be so naive. There will always be a way around.

    Reply : 40       6

    Mason Wednesday, 3 May 2017 13:01

    I agree that government appointments should not be given to dual citizenship holders as well.

    Reply : 7       25

    chandimani Wednesday, 3 May 2017 14:19

    Arjun Mahendran is not a citizen of Sri Lanka. He is Singaporean. So, can he rob Central Bank? can he hold Big Boss post of the Central Bank?

    Reply : 5       35

    Vimal Carlos Wednesday, 3 May 2017 21:34

    Both Gotabaya and Namal is American citizens

    Reply : 1       19

    ananda Wednesday, 3 May 2017 11:20

    Goof news. MS appoint your pick for the vacancy. via DM Android App

    Reply : 3       41

    JAN Wednesday, 3 May 2017 11:33

    Welcome the Verdict we need to clean the SLFPUNP Gradually via DM Android App

    Reply : 4       47

    ANTON Wednesday, 3 May 2017 11:59

    HAVE THEY IDENTIFIED ONLY GEETHA ???

    Reply : 1       52

    KOLA KOTIYA Wednesday, 3 May 2017 13:34

    WHO IS NEXT ON LINE TO GO PARLIMENT. JAYAWEWA

    Reply : 1       14

    hell hell Wednesday, 3 May 2017 13:46

    what about others in american citizen holders ?

    Reply : 1       24

    ROLE PLAYER Wednesday, 3 May 2017 13:55

    AN ACTRESS WHO PLAYED DUAL ROLE AND END UP IN NO ROLE AT ALL. via DM Android App

    Reply : 1       23

    Dee Wednesday, 3 May 2017 14:15

    Now she qualifies to be appointed Defence 'Secretary'. It will an 'loud' affair.

    Reply : 1       15

    Lanka Lover Thursday, 4 May 2017 09:25

    Not as a defense secretary, position most suit for her a chief accountant in the Gov. treasury department.

    Reply : 0       0

    Demo Crazy Wednesday, 3 May 2017 19:05

    All 51 in JO will be eleminated by hook or crook by August as Rajitha said so that there will not be any form of oppositon. This Supreme Democracy until 2030 of MSRW. via DM Android App

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    Kadiya Wednesday, 3 May 2017 19:51

    Run to Appachchi, he might be able to do something about it in say, another 20 years or so!!!

    Reply : 2       12

    Upul Wednesday, 3 May 2017 21:13

    Now pay back time for all the money and perks you received as a MP.

    Reply : 1       14

    neil alvis Thursday, 4 May 2017 03:28

    What I can't understand is this British system!. The same law studied by same Judges (Appeals and Surpreme) can interpret the law? This is why this appeal system exists. If Supreme court nullifies the ruling, the judges of Appeal court will look fools. Just unimaginable why these archaic systems still exist in our country.

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    Dot Thursday, 4 May 2017 06:23

    let this be a precedent for future nominations for any public appointment be it the law making body or the public service ..and if there is a breach the Public officials who accepted such applications should be held responsible for over looking criteria .Was this law in place when this lady MP was accepted to her position of honour and power ..then that person should be held responsible for the waste of all this legal cost to the country ..come on be more professional than these personal comments and a slanging match

    Reply : 0       2

    Nimal Thursday, 4 May 2017 07:15

    Now need to recoup all the money and benefits she received funded by the taxpayer!!!

    Reply : 0       4

    Niz Friday, 5 May 2017 10:16

    Law should be equal to all and the other members what ever party they may be should gracefully hand over there positions. Or else the law has to be equally changed for all.

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