The Court of Appeal today fixed the writ petition disputing the citizenship of former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa for hearing on October 2nd and 3rd before a three-judge Bench.
The Bench comprising of Justices Yasantha Kodagoda (President/CA) and Arjuna Obeysekera fixed the matter for support and considering of granting of interim relief.
Romesh de Silva PC informed the Court that they would raise a preliminary objection on the maintainability of the petition.
Petitioners Gamini Viyangoda and Prof. Chandraguptha Thenuwara, cited Controller General of Immigration and Emigration, Commissioner General of Registration of Persons, Minister of Internal and & Home Affairs, Ministry Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Mahinda Rajapaksa, Acting IGP C.D. Wickremarathe, Senior DIG Ravi Seneviratne, CID Director G.S. Abeysekera and CID Special Branch OIC Lalith Dissanayake as Respondents.
Suren Fernando appeared for the petitioners. Romesh de Silva PC with Ali Sabry PC, Sugath Caldera, Ruwantha Cooray and Harith de Mel instructed by Sanath Wijewardane appeared for Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
Gamini Marapana PC with Navin Marapana PC and Ganesh Dharmawardane appeared for Mahinda Rajapaksa. Deputy Solicitor General Nerin Pulle appeared for the Attorney General. (S.S.Selvanayagam)