Motion filed in SC to order former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to appear before it


By A.J.A. Abeynayake

A motion was filed in the Supreme Court, on Thursday, by Attorney-at-Law Moditha T. B. Ekanayake, seeking an order for former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to appear in court.

The motion was filed after Jayasuriya had refused to accept a notice served on him to appear before the Supreme Court, in relation to the FR petition filed by General Secretary of the Democratic United National Front (DUNF) Ariyawansa Dissanayake, seeking an order to direct the Elections Commission to refrain from taking steps, including allocation of preferential vote numbers to candidates contesting the next general election, until the final determination of his petition.

The former Speaker has been cited as the eighth respondent in the case, along with Election Commission (EC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya, other EC members include President’s Counsel N. J. Abeysekara and Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole, Secretary to the President Dr. P. B. Jayasundara, Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe, and the Attorney General.

The counsel for the DUNF General Secretary informed court that they had visited Jayasuriya’s home to hand over the notice, but he had refused to accept it.

He said in the motion that Jayasuriya’s action amounted to contempt of court and the latter should be summoned and warned for that.

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