Geetha cannot be an MP: AG

2017-03-14 19:40:01

The Attorney General today 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 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.

J.C. Weliamuna, counsel for the petitioners informed Court that the respondent Geetha Kumarasinghe had requested the Swiss authorities to relinquish her Swiss citizenship on August 25.

But there was no documentary evidence to prove that they had revoked her Swiss citizenship.

DSG de Silva said that though the respondent Kumarasinghe had asserted that she had given up her dual citizenship, she had failed to submit any documentary proof of it.

The Court of Appeal Bench,comprising Justices Vijith Malalgoda and Prithi Padman Surasena directed both parties to file written submissions on or before April 5, and fixed the order for May 3.

Four residents of Galle had filed a writ application before the Court of Appeal to remove Geetha Kumarasinghe from her position as an MP. (Thilini De Silva and Ranjan Katugampola)

  Comments - 24

  • Summa Tuesday, 14 March 2017 23:45

    Why should she lose the MP-ship only ? Isn't it the law of our country that a person cannot wilfully hold back incriminating evidence to enter into public office ? The law must take it's rightful course. Should be a deterrent to other MPs whether dual citizenship or any other offence , violation !.

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    TONY Tuesday, 14 March 2017 23:51


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    Punny Pellow Wednesday, 15 March 2017 08:41

    She will open up further in Switzerland!!!

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    One Shot Ranjan Wednesday, 15 March 2017 10:44

    She has to stop her make-up now as she looks like a ghost with make up.

    Reply : 1       9

    annoyed Wednesday, 15 March 2017 00:41

    I think even if she didnt have Swis citinship, she still doesnt fit to be a politician.

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    Sunil Wednesday, 15 March 2017 00:56

    Make her pay back her wages and all privileges and benefits since becoming an MP. It is a massive burden to the taxpayer!

    Reply : 3       55

    Mevan Wednesday, 15 March 2017 02:58

    Sri Lankans have a literacy rate of over 90% and they deserve people of great intellect and integrity as parliamentarians and not run of the mill actresses, commission grabbers and briefless lawyers.

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    mnsmart Wednesday, 15 March 2017 08:58

    But who voted her in?

    Reply : 0       14

    Manek Wednesday, 15 March 2017 03:00

    Those who cannot count should not go to parliament.

    Reply : 1       24

    Thanos Wednesday, 15 March 2017 03:09

    Why would any sane person want to relinquish their Swiss citizenship? It is one of the best countries to live in and is a heaven compared to the cesspool called Sri Lanka.

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    Pathi Wednesday, 15 March 2017 09:09

    Dear Mr. Thanos, don't you understand that becoming a politician and a MP in Sri Lanka is better that her Swiss citizenship!!

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    Ranjitdea Wednesday, 15 March 2017 03:59

    Hon Geetha, why don't you cross over to the Government side, you will be better off.

    Reply : 29       5

    AMW Wednesday, 15 March 2017 05:14

    Best news in a long long time....

    Reply : 2       30

    jaypee Wednesday, 15 March 2017 08:15

    Opportunity for JO to nominate an intellectual to Parliament.

    Reply : 7       4

    Gantha Katta Aluthgamage Wednesday, 15 March 2017 10:37

    Hay do you think that there are intellectuals in the JO. Madness... Ha..Ha..Ha..

    Reply : 2       13

    ANTON Wednesday, 15 March 2017 08:26


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    jeff Wednesday, 15 March 2017 09:08

    Then what about the others in Parliament who has US, Australia, NZ, Swiss dual citizenship? Fonseka is a Dual citizen too.

    Reply : 5       11

    joshua Wednesday, 15 March 2017 09:08

    Good news!!

    Reply : 1       12

    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 15 March 2017 10:33

    Let us celebrate New Year this day itself.

    Reply : 0       10

    Thitha Atha Wednesday, 15 March 2017 10:40

    Let us light crackers, this make up old lady learnt the right lesson only today.

    Reply : 1       9

    John Wednesday, 15 March 2017 09:22


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    shanthapriya Wednesday, 15 March 2017 09:41

    Not only Geetha . what about our famous MP "one shot"His suitability too must be checked

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    Thitha Atha Wednesday, 15 March 2017 10:32

    Millions of thanks to the AG, well done - you have given the clear verdict to this nasty women, its a good slap.

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    Gollu Bella Ravi Wednesday, 15 March 2017 10:49

    Mahinda is a old man, you are a old women, how much powder you apply you looks very old. We need young bullets now for politics, hence get lost.

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