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Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) Leader Minister Udaya Gammanpila yesterday requested the Supreme Court to appoint a nine-Judge bench to hear the Fundamental Rights (FR) petitions on dissolution of parliament.

Addressing a news briefing, the minister said a nine-Judge bench was not something strange to us.

“The petitions filed on the 13th Amendment to the Constitution were also heard before a bench comprised of nine Judges. Since there is a void of two Judges at the Supreme Court, we request it to appoint all its remaining nine Judges to the bench to hear this case,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said they expect to file a lawsuit against UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake for allegedly making a statement defaming the Supreme Court.

The Minister said the MP has made the statement during a TV programme about the composition of the Supreme Court Judge bench which would hear the FR petitions filed against the dissolution of parliament.

“In his words, the MP said a three-Judge bench had already given a stay order and that its rumoured that the proposed bench would comprise of five Judges. He said three Judges are on their side and the other two Judges on the other side. Therefore, he said the decision would not be changed. How did the UNP come to know that the proposed Judge bench would be comprised of five judges? How can they say three Judges are on their side? This is a grave defamation caused to the Supreme Court," he said.

He said the MP's remarks had sparked controversy on social media with people highlighting and analysing Supreme Court Judges' religious beliefs, marital relationships, how their children received employment opportunities and so on.

"The faith the people have placed in the judiciary should be preserved in order to maintain the sovereignty of the judiciary. MP Ramanayake had created a situation that people may not believe any ruling delivered by the Courts now," the minister said. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  • nsathees Friday, 23 November 2018 03:42 AM

    Even if the three Judges bench decides it will be ruling with all nine consent. This is a delay tactic!

    666 Friday, 23 November 2018 09:49 AM

    Tomorrow he will ask for more. Ultimately the court house would be shifted to the stadium to arrange seating for the justices.

    nimal aiya Friday, 23 November 2018 03:51 AM

    what a shameless REGIME

    ranmald Friday, 23 November 2018 04:56 AM

    Empty vessels makes the loudest noise!

    Well said. Friday, 23 November 2018 09:00 AM

    Well said.

    ICE Friday, 23 November 2018 03:26 PM

    If , as your Gov claims that the right thing was done, what are you afraid of?

    raj Friday, 23 November 2018 05:31 AM

    you want to add many of your goon judges so that they can give the verdict in your favour

    Sam Friday, 23 November 2018 08:00 AM

    If a verdict is not to your liking, it is by a goon judge? What else is contempt of court?

    sanoj Friday, 23 November 2018 09:31 AM

    DM, why do you allow much nonsense comments on your page?

    BSP Friday, 23 November 2018 06:53 AM

    Gammanpila says "The faith the people have placed in the judiciary should be preserved in order to maintain the sovereignty of the judiciary. MP Ramanayake had created a situation that people may not believe any ruling delivered by the Courts now" If this is happening, it is not because of Ranjan R, but because of a former CJ who later pleaded for peoples' pardon for a verdict he delivered.

    TJ Friday, 23 November 2018 07:00 AM

    The number of judges to hear is decided by the CJ. Not by the parties to the dispute. This clearly shows the authoritarian tendency of the illegal regime.

    Rather a long bench the carpenter has to turn out. Friday, 23 November 2018 02:53 PM

    CJ - please include this moron to sit on this bench

    karthik Friday, 23 November 2018 07:23 AM

    Hope you will not be one of the judges.

    ANTON Friday, 23 November 2018 07:31 AM

    WHAT ABOUT A FORMULA FOR APPOINTING COMMITTEES.

    Siripala Friday, 23 November 2018 07:34 AM

    Gammanpila who has legal cases against him is trying to hoodwink the masses again

    Sambo Friday, 23 November 2018 07:48 AM

    Why don't you suggest that you 15 avengers sit in the bench. Believe me the people now know who you are and you have lost the little vote base you had. So get ready to shut your mouth and go home.

    Unchikun Friday, 23 November 2018 08:07 AM

    We are waiting for the 22 minion bench to teach you bootlickers a lesson.

    Yahiya Friday, 23 November 2018 08:30 AM

    You must requested before

    Mandy Friday, 23 November 2018 08:34 AM

    Gongemba trying to curry favour with the judges by defending their integrity.Crafty but sure the eminent judges will see through his gambit. Ramanayake is honest in his opinion but Gongemba is hypocritical.

    Waco Friday, 23 November 2018 08:56 AM

    It appears that R.Ramanayake is a mental case.

    MODA BURUWA Friday, 23 November 2018 04:27 PM

    You mean WACO needs MENTAL ASSESMENT.

    Charlie brown Friday, 23 November 2018 09:11 AM

    Quickly appoint Namal as a judge ...after all he was good enough to play rugby for his country ,surely he,s clever enough to be a high court judge ...Or they could just pick 9 people from Tangalle at random !

    TONY Friday, 23 November 2018 09:17 AM

    WE HAVE 2 PMS AND MORE THAN 1 PRESIDENT. HE THINKS JUDGES VIEW CHANGE LIKE POLITICIANS

    KOLA KOTIYA Friday, 23 November 2018 09:37 AM

    U NEED EVA TO APPOINTED

    Nil Bataya Friday, 23 November 2018 11:11 AM

    Bring back Peera - no problem then!

    Sofia Friday, 23 November 2018 04:53 PM

    Then you can get a long date like one year.

    Maru Friday, 23 November 2018 10:44 AM

    Why dont you and your bambu team except the rulling and leave.

    Jude Friday, 23 November 2018 11:03 AM

    Go for 25 or 50 !!??? You've better chance !???

    CITIZEN Saturday, 24 November 2018 01:34 PM

    You moron, shut up and wait. Supreme Court is NOT there to listen to your stupid arguments!

    Roger54 Saturday, 24 November 2018 05:13 PM

    This pivithuru guy is a joker. Isnt he the one who forged and cheated an australian. Yes if the government that is not legal stays on he will be free and all the other casses to will be dropped. This is why the thieves so called pivithuru desha hithashi crooks wand the elected government out. Why dont they put the former cj back in the job.?

    tony Saturday, 24 November 2018 05:20 PM

    What an idiot. This man wants to increase the number of Judges till he gets a favorable judgement for him.


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