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Sri Lanka’s Commercial Bank of Ceylon’s controversial extraordinary general meeting was abruptly called off late Wednesday, after its unions successfully won a stay order from the Appeals Court. Sri Lanka’s Commercial Bank of Ceylon’s controversial extraordinary general meeting was abruptly called off late Wednesday, after its unions successfully won a stay order from the Appeals Court. The bank’s powerful shareholders led by business tycoon Harry Jayawardene’s conglomerate (who controls over 42 percent) sought today’s meeting to oust Chairman Mahendra Amarasuriya.

But the bank’s powerful unions secured a stay order late afternoon, following the District Court decision in the morning, not to restrict Jayawardena’s shareholding in the bank.

The current Banking Act limits an individual or group acting in concert’s ownership to ten percent

The unions are of the view that Jayawardena’s stake contravenes the Banking Act.

“The stay order restricts Mr. Jayawardena’s voting powers to ten percent till Nov. 16,” said Richard Rodrigo, President of Commercial Bank’s Executive Union.

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The bank’s powerful unions also objected to the meeting saying it was “imp