The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the President enjoys supreme, inalienable powers relating to defence of the country.
rnThe ruling comes one day after President Kumaratunga sacked three key ministers and took over the portfolios of Defence, Interior and Media.rn
rnldblquote The plenary Executive power including the Defence of Sri Lanka is vested and reposed with the President. The Minister of Defence has to function subject to the powers vested in the President
dblquote , Presidents Media Director Janadasa Peiris said in a statement.rn
rnldblquote Power is vested with the president relating to the defence of Sri Lanka, including control of the armed forces and the Commander in chief of the Forces
dblquote . rn
rnldblquote Any amendments framed by the Minister of Defence to the existing regulations are invalid and of no force or avail in law
rnThe President yesterday invoked the consultative jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, referring two questions for Court opinio