Galle High Court Judge K.B.K. Hirimburegama today issued a writ order revoking the decision taken by Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Vijaya Lal De Silva to remove former Galle Mayor Methsiri De Silva from his position and the council membership.
The High Court .Judge issued the writ order after considering the petition submitted by Methsiri De Silva
The petitioner sought a court order to revoke the gazette notification of January 19, 2013 issued by the chief minister ‘removing him from the mayoralty and the membership of the Galle Municipal Council.
Delivering the judgement the judge said the chief minister had no authority to remove a municipal member on charges of misdeeds committed during the tenure of a previous council and when a new council is established after an election.
Chief Minister Shan Vijaya Lal De Silva, former Southern province local government commissioner Darshaka Pandikorala. Southern Local government commissioner Chandima Muhandiramge, Dileke Kuddachchi assistant L.G. Commissioner, Kelum Senevirathne (deputy mayor), M. Niyas – former deputy mayor,Pushparani Edirisinghe- Municipal Commissioner, M. Amarasena De Silva retired judicial officer, H.P. Piyadasa chief investigation officer, investigation officers W.N. Rathana , Anusha Chandani W.M. Manjula Perera,, Galle Municipality and the secretary UPFA Susil Prema Jayantha were the respondents.
Attorneys Mahesh Madawala, Manoja Guruge and Anusha Liyanage appeared for the petitioner instructed by Attorney Thushara Silva.
Attorneys Sanjaya Kodithuwakku and Sanath Wijewardena appeared for the respondents with a panel of lawyers. (D.G. Sugathapala)