Prominent businessman Dhammika Perera informed the Supreme Court yesterday that he would not be sworn in as a Member of Parliament or a Minister until a decision is taken by the Court to hear the Writ Petition and Fundamental Rights petitions filed against his appointment as a Member of Parliament.
Romesh de Silva, PC, who appeared for Dhammika Perera, informed the above on behalf of his client when the Writ Petition and four Fundamental Rights petitions challenging the appointment of Dhammika Perera as a Member of Parliament was taken up in Court.
The petitions had challenged the appointment of businessman Dhammika Perera to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of SLPP National List MP Basil Rajapaksa.
The submission of facts regarding the petitions was concluded last evening.
M.A.Sumanthiran PC appearing for the petitioners, requested that a temporary Interim Injunction be issued to prevent the respondent Dhammika Perera from being sworn in as a Member of Parliament on June 21 (today).
The petitioners allege that Dhammika Perera’s name was not mentioned in any of the nomination papers submitted by the SLPP for an Electoral District at the previous General Election.