CA issues Writ to disqualify MP Geetha Kumarasinghe

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Court of Appeal has issued a Writ of Quo Warrant to disqualify UPFA Member of Parliament Geetha Kumarasinghe from holding office as an MP since she had held a dual citizenship at the time of seeking nomination to enter Parliament.

It held that Article 91(c) of the Constitution of Sri Lanka and the Parliamentary Elections Act, prohibited a dual citizenship holder from holding office as an MP. 

Court directed the Attorney General to take measures to recover the money incurred by the state when the first respondent sat in Parliament as an MP.

Court made the order hearing a petition by five residents of Galle complaining to Court that Kumarasinghe, who holds a dual citizenship, had been elected as an MP for the Galle district.

Janaka de Silva, Deputy Solicitor General appeared for the Attorney General. Manohara de Silva President’s Counsel appeared for the first respondent Kumarasinghe.

J. C. Weliamuna President’s Counsel, appeared with Pulasthi Hewamanne and Sulakshana Senanayake for the petitioner residents of Galle. 

Court Bench comprised Justice Vijith K. Malalgoda and Justice Preethi Padman Soorasena.

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