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CA rejects petition to nullify Principals’ Service appointments

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The Court of Appeal yesterday (3) refused to issue notice to the respondents in a writ petition filed against the granting of new appointments to fill the existing vacancies in Grade 3 of the Sri Lanka Principals’ Service.

After considering the basic facts regarding the relevant petition, the Court of Appeal accepted the objections presented by the respondent and dismissed the petition.

The order was pronounced by a bench comprising Appellate Court Justices Sobitha Rajakaruna and Dhammika Ganepola.

Gamini Subasinghe M.I.M.Mansy and H.R.Fernando filed the petitions stating that they too have now qualified to be appointed for the Principal’s Service and therefore, the appointments should be held. The Education Ministry Secretary, the Education Minister and the Attorney General were named as respondents in the petition. On September 27, the Supreme Court directed the Education Ministry Secretary to appoint those who passed the competitive examination held in 2019 to fill the 4,718 vacancies in the Sri Lanka Principal’s Service, according to an agreement reached before the Supreme Court.

7,319 candidates passed the examination held on February 19, 2019, out of which a group of candidates were appointed to Grade 3 in the Principal’s Service. 4,718 more candidates are qualified for the appointment.

Accordingly, the Education Ministry Secretary has issued letters inviting those who have passed the relevant examination for an interview, and the names of those who have qualified for appointment have been published by the Examinations Commissioner General.

The petitioners requested court to call for fresh applications to fill the relevant vacancies as they had not appeared in the relevant competitive examination although they have now qualified to get these appointments. Accordingly, they requested court to suspend and invalidate the letters issued calling for interviews and the name list issued by the Examination Commissioner. When this petition was called, lawyers from the respondent side raised preliminary objections against the facts presented by the petitioners. After considering the facts, while giving the verdict in that regard, the Bench mentioned that the demands of the petitioners cannot be allowed. The Bench said that the petitioners had failed to submit sufficient facts to obtain the relief sought.

Court emphasised that the stakeholders who should be named as respondents have not been named as respondents in the petition. Accordingly, the Bench decided that there was not point in issuing notices to the respondents in the petition and decided to dismiss the petition.

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