Case on MR premiership postponed to January

The Court of Appeal has decided to hear the case against Mahinda Rajapaksa holding office as the Prime Minister on 16, 17, and 18 January, 2019.

On 23 November, a total of 122 parliamentarians of UNP, JVP, and TNA filed a Writ of Quo Warranto in the Court of Appeal challenging Mahinda Rajapaksa on what authority he continues to hold the office of Prime Minister after a No-confidence Motion had been passed in Parliament against him.

The Appeal Court decided to take up the petition for consideration on 30 November and 3 December when it was called before a two-judge bench comprising Justices Preethi Padman Surasena and Arjuna Obeysekera.

On 3 December, the court has ordered disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his ministers to refrain from carrying out their duties as it hears an appeal against them and scheduled the next hearing for today (Dec. 12), summoning Rajapaksa and his ministers to explain on what basis they continued to hold office after the no-confidence votes.