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According to Article 132 and Sub-Article 2 of the Constitution, the interim order given by the Supreme Court staying the arrest of former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is not effective, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.

He told journalists that under these Articles it was not correct for a Supreme Court bench comprising a maximum of three judges to exercise ordinary jurisdiction and that a two-judge bench could only exercise jurisdiction when taking up an urgent appeal for inquiry.

The Prime Minister said he would seek the opinion of the Attorney General on this matter.

He said the interim order would not prevent investigations and further questioning of the former defense secretary but only stay his arrest.

When asked by the journalist, the Prime Minister said he had not received any notice from the Supreme Court that he was respondent cited in the petition filed by Mr. Rajapaksa. However, he said obtained a copy of notice sent to the Cabinet.(Yohan Perera)


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  • MaWee Friday, 15 May 2015 09:55 PM

    Gone are the days! He is now on peoples payroll. Probably you guys can try with Wimal Weeray.

    Gayan Perera Saturday, 16 May 2015 01:17 AM

    Why negative votes when telling the truth?

    AA Friday, 15 May 2015 11:53 PM

    It is amazing how some people are so blindly faithful to the Rajapakses.

    Rehe Friday, 15 May 2015 11:23 PM

    These judges are pro-Rajapaksas.

    Fair N Square Friday, 15 May 2015 11:16 PM

    Does teh name Sarath Fonseka ring a bell? HE WAS the war hero, Gota is a zero

    Fair N Square Friday, 15 May 2015 11:12 PM

    Dumb Cnut. He is teh PM and he is also A senior Attorney At he knows the law better than YOU...

    Premalal Friday, 15 May 2015 10:26 PM

    Appointing RW as prime minister was done by the President in accordance with the powers vested in him. It is up to the majority in parliament to reject him. If the parliament has not rejected him then they accept his legitimacy. He has all the right to remain the PM.

    patriot Friday, 15 May 2015 10:16 PM

    Ranil maybe think otherwise, coz he is too busy to secure his PM position.

    mithra Friday, 15 May 2015 09:57 PM

    You seem to be not very sound in your mind because I have often seen that you talk very foolish.

    Puma Saturday, 16 May 2015 01:32 AM

    Do you want to get arrested for some allegations?

    MaWee Friday, 15 May 2015 09:50 PM

    Dan, can you please tell me if you have ever seen the donkeys who eat rice?

    kondaya77 Friday, 15 May 2015 09:22 PM

    Gratitude? Is that why S.F was put in jail? The crook deserted the army.

    saman Friday, 15 May 2015 08:49 PM

    Good jonb Mr. Prime Minister. This is a question about tax payers money and public property. There is no hidden agendas. They must face the consequences. If we dont do that, there will be disatrouse outcome in the future for everyone. Our children and their supporters may think that they can get away easily by doing this also. You have all the rights to challenge judiciary if they have done something wrong.

    TONY Friday, 15 May 2015 08:34 PM


    Liberal One Friday, 15 May 2015 08:23 PM

    That is the real reason. otherwise how can persons like CBK, mervin go free while Gota going behind bars?

    hasan Friday, 15 May 2015 08:20 PM

    Yes we know who end the war and who earned corrupt money from war and who put the war hero in to jail

    Sinhaya Friday, 15 May 2015 07:48 PM

    Is RW action regarding Arjuna Mahendran fair by law and is it right by the constitution via DM Android App

    Ron Friday, 15 May 2015 07:50 PM

    Are you talking about General Fonseka?

    DM For you Saturday, 16 May 2015 08:29 AM

    He seems to be completely misguided by lawyers. This is a fundamental rights case and an interim order issued. If there is an agreement between two judges what is the technicality he points out for a requirement of a third judge. Suppose the third judge is against the order, but still the notice can be issued with the assent of two judges. Still any technical defect should be interpreted by the SC and not by PM.

    Sikuru7 Saturday, 16 May 2015 07:36 PM

    Agreed, It was him that saved the economy in 2002 when CBK destroyed it. He is a man that does what he says

    TONY Saturday, 16 May 2015 06:21 PM


    azad Saturday, 16 May 2015 10:52 AM

    With the current govt any human being can complain to the courts and take legal action against the govt, this is in contrast to the previous govt where your case will be turned down or you will be a white van victim.anyway those who have sinned by killing must pay someday. do you think GR is innocent, if innocent let the law takes its usual course ??all wrong doers must be punished in the court of law no matter what.

    Desmond Jeromme Saturday, 16 May 2015 10:47 AM

    He is a honest Politician, he did everything after thinking wisely.

    Desmond Jeromme Saturday, 16 May 2015 10:44 AM

    Bear it in mind friend, he is a wise PM.

    Bubble Banda Saturday, 16 May 2015 10:43 AM

    Believe me, RW is not a easy man. He knows how to play games in the right time.

    shaq Saturday, 16 May 2015 10:20 AM

    We saw very well how General Fonseka was repayED. Stop this one man show nonsense. no one will win the war without the true courage of our soldiers

    Nihal Amarasekera Saturday, 16 May 2015 08:32 AM

    RW, true to form, is fast scoring points, negative, what, with the General Elections on the horizon.

    Dinesh Kaluarachchi Friday, 15 May 2015 07:47 PM

    I think Ranil(AS a PM) is criticising SC judgement using his political power.It is contempt of court.Inside Parliament of course you can raised any question relating to any jugement.under parlimentory privilages.But other places you cannot criticise any court decision.,irespective of their position. Dinesh

    bala Saturday, 16 May 2015 08:21 AM

    Excellent observation and comment Mr Prime Minister. No PM nor Minister in Charge of / was in charge of Justice not even GL could have pointed out such an irregularity so quickly.We admire your knowledge and capability. Sri Lanka needs a PM like you.Well done now we hope you follow up quickly!

    SethaSamata Saturday, 16 May 2015 06:07 AM

    If a Person saves a woman and then rapes her should the woman be silent to pay gratitude?

    Lakshman De Silva Saturday, 16 May 2015 05:56 AM

    Attorney General Cannot over rule a Supreme Court Judgment

    Hawk Saturday, 16 May 2015 04:54 AM

    "Law is like spiders web, it catches the fly, and the Hawk go free"

    ravi Saturday, 16 May 2015 04:23 AM

    well even th SC is not above the law and also Id not perfect. all institutions should be subject to review. via DM Android App

    Nims Saturday, 16 May 2015 04:03 AM

    People got rid of the previous regime because of corruptions. Ranil became the PM promising to eliminate corruptions. But his good friend Mahendran CB Governor (a Singaporean) and his SIL stole the country billions within 4 weeks of his appointment. But why does Ranil fail to take action on this daylight robbery. Everyone must keep asking this question from Ranil until he gives a very clear answer.

    Manel Saturday, 16 May 2015 03:36 AM

    It was war heros who won the war, not US citizens.

    mubarak Saturday, 16 May 2015 01:44 AM

    Whoever played in billion should be punished. Death sentence if necessary.

    Sethsiri Friday, 15 May 2015 03:25 PM

    All of you MR suppoters are so stupid. It is the President that appoints the PM

    Dev Friday, 15 May 2015 04:32 PM

    Here goes the constitutional expert..

    Liberal One Friday, 15 May 2015 04:30 PM

    hope of defeated tigers.

    Jehan Friday, 15 May 2015 04:29 PM

    you know that lankaenews is run by mangala right?

    Nish Friday, 15 May 2015 04:28 PM

    There are guidelines in the constitution for that.

    Damien Friday, 15 May 2015 04:19 PM

    Rather the biggest joker in srilankan politics

    riz Friday, 15 May 2015 04:08 PM

    Gotta should be behind da bars.

    upul Friday, 15 May 2015 03:27 PM

    Ranil, You Do right things in a wrong country.

    cleverest man Friday, 15 May 2015 03:25 PM

    one of the cleverest man as PM and we are proud of you sir

    Patriot Friday, 15 May 2015 04:38 PM

    @ Sethsiri, If written fact, is MR supporters, hmm, you are so typical.

    Goodness Gracious Friday, 15 May 2015 03:18 PM

    Mr RW you survived long enough in your political career thanks to Rajapakshas. Is this how you are repaying?

    Vasa Friday, 15 May 2015 03:17 PM

    Read Lanka e news it gives a different story

    Sunny Friday, 15 May 2015 03:14 PM

    Yaha Palanaya is trying to take over the dutice of court

    roshan Friday, 15 May 2015 03:10 PM

    it the hora is not a hora why is he afraid of being arrested

    Dan Friday, 15 May 2015 03:01 PM

    Didnt realise till today that it is the PMs job to comment on the number of judges in a supreme court bench

    modaya Friday, 15 May 2015 02:27 PM

    If gota is not guilty why all this issue. So it is in fact all the charges are correct.

    nalin Friday, 15 May 2015 02:16 PM

    isnt this contempt of court?

    haris Friday, 15 May 2015 02:06 PM

    Is the appointment of a Prime Minister from the minority party constitutional?

    joe Friday, 15 May 2015 05:35 PM

    Ship him to USA.He is scared to go to USA

    Ron Friday, 15 May 2015 07:46 PM

    As stated in the election manifest and as people agreed.

    OMG Friday, 15 May 2015 07:40 PM

    Can any criminal get a court order staying his arrest?

    ari Friday, 15 May 2015 06:47 PM

    This is how you pay gratitude to a person who spearheaded the defeat of terrorism in Sri Lanka after more than 30 years.

    janaka Friday, 15 May 2015 06:44 PM

    Exactly why all the fuss if they are innocent?

    Dayawathie Friday, 15 May 2015 06:40 PM

    A person who got the PM post by default now telling that Supreme Court is wrong. Only in Sri Lanka. Wedi Bana.

    cleverest man buster Friday, 15 May 2015 06:38 PM

    So clever that he lost so many times and finally became the PM through the backdoor.

    Mason Friday, 15 May 2015 06:08 PM

    News circulates that you are not in favour of action being taken against the Rajapakses. There appears to be some truth in this because the day following elections you only reported that Mohan Peris, G.L. Peris, Inspector General of Police, Attorney General and others were with MR in the early hours of the morning. A coup was suggested, but upto now the public are not aware of any investigations being done.

    ferdi Friday, 15 May 2015 05:44 PM

    Isnt this contempt of court?Where is Weliamuna? maybe he is waiting for more fees to investigate.

    Damien Friday, 15 May 2015 02:02 PM

    First of all you being appointed PM is not in line with the constitution

    Manel Friday, 15 May 2015 05:32 PM

    Tigers were defeated by war heroes led by FM Fonseka not by American Gotta.

    Run-nil Friday, 15 May 2015 05:30 PM

    Ranil’s statement undermines judiciary - JHU

    DG Friday, 15 May 2015 05:26 PM

    It is the job of every citizen not only PM to uphold and protect the constitution of the country.

    shamon Friday, 15 May 2015 05:05 PM

    Lets justice prevail via DM Android App

    Hema Mala Friday, 15 May 2015 04:56 PM

    Wrong things in a wrong country.

    Bala Friday, 15 May 2015 04:53 PM

    Stupido - he is commenting on the judgement and itsconstitutionality - not the judges.

    Patriot Friday, 15 May 2015 04:42 PM

    Ranil awares his days are numbered, get ready for himself, stay or go.

    patriot Friday, 15 May 2015 04:39 PM

    bad choice.

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