SLFP CBK faction says leadership change not possible due to pending court cases



Former President Maithripala Sirisena should not have handed over the SLFP leadership to Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakske, PC, on account of the ongoing court cases against them and interim orders, State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna said yesterday (12)

The Gampaha District SLFPer said that they would consult their lawyers and take appropriate measures in this regard.

The State Minister was responding to The Island query regarding former President Sirisena’s sudden resignation at an Executive Committee meeting held in Kotte and the election of Rajapakshe as SLFP Chairman.Alagiyawanna said an interim order, issued by the Colombo District Court preventing Sirisena from functioning as the SLFP Chairman, had recently been extended until May 29, when the case is scheduled to be heard.

In April, the court issued an interim order preventing Sirisena from functioning as the SLFP Leader, based on a complaint filed by former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, who served as the SLFP Leader from 1994 to 2005.

In her petition, Kumaratunga claimed that Sirisena’s appointment as the Chairman of the SLFP was against the party’s Constitution and sought an order preventing him from serving in that position.

MP Alagiyawanna pointed out that the Court of Appeal had recently rejected the petition filed by Minister of Justice Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe challenging the injunction issued by the Colombo District Court. The Court of Appeal said the relevant orders in this regard should be obtained from the district court.

Of the 14-member SLFP group in Parliament, MP Alagiyawanna is among about 11 working closely with Kumaratunga (SF)