Geetha disqualified to be MP; SC upholds CA Order

SC-SL-860-01

Five-judge-bench Supreme Court chaired by Chief Justice Priyasath Dep today unanimously upheld the Court of Appeal judgment dated May 3 declaring that Galle District MP Geetha Kumarasinghe is disqualified to be a member of parliament and thus not entitled to hold office as a Member of Parliament.

The appeal filed by Geetha Kumarasinghe was dismissed with cost. The registrar of Supreme Court was directed that this order be sent to the Secretary General of Parliament forthwith.

This judgment was delivered by Supreme Court Judge Sisira de Abrew, who was a member of five-judge-Bench which heard the appeal. The Bench comprised Chief Justice Priyasath Dep, Justice Buwaneka Aluwihare, Justice Sisira de Abrew, Justice Anil Goonaratne and Justice Nalin Perera.

President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva with counsel Sugath Caldera appeared for MP Geetha Kumarasinghe. President’s Counsel J. C. Weliamuna PC, Faiz Musthapha PC, Chandaka Jayasundara PC and Pulasthi Rupasinghe appeared on behalf of the respondents.
Deputy Solicitor General Nerin Pulle with Senior State Counsel Suren Gnanaraj appeared for the Secretary General of Parliament and Controller of Immigration and Emigration. Counsel Suren Fernando appearing for intervenient petitioner Piyasena Ranasinghe.

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