Appeal Court issues interim order preventing PM & Cabinet from functioning

Dec 03, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal on Monday issued an interim order restraining Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Cabinet from functioning until the petition against them is heard.

Notices have also been issued to respondents to appear before the court on 12 December 2018.

Judges who considered the arguments presented by both sides said that an irreversible damage could be caused if persons not entitled to do so sit as Prime Minister and Cabinet.

A writ petition was filed by UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinghe and 121 other Parliamentarians seeking an order in the nature of Quo Warranto declaring that Mahinda Rajapaksa is not entitled to hold the office of PM.

Last week, Sri Lanka’s Parliament stopped budgetary allocations for Prime Minister’s office and other Ministries.