Pact with SLFP (M):
Ranil asked to file objections
Colombo District Judge Sisira Ratnayake yesterday ordered UNP leader
Ranil Wickremesinghe to file objections on November 6 against issuing an
order to submit the alleged MoU agreement he entered into with Sri Lanka
Freedom Party Mahajana Wing convenor Mangala Samaraweera on July 19,
2007 as it was needed for the continuation of the case.
The Court also fixed December 3 for hearing of the case.
The plaint was filed by former UNP Member of Parliament W.I. Anura
Bastian and UNP Western Provincial Councillor Anil Kumara Wijesinghe on
August 8 challenging that the agreement they entered into on July 19,
2007 was a violation of the UNP constitution and cited Wickremesinghe
and Samaraweera as defendants.
The plaintiffs in their plaint stated that Wickremesinghe had entered
into an agreement with the convenor of the SLFP Mahajana Wing without
the approval of the Party Convention or the National Executive Committee
of the party on July 19, 2007 and it was a violation of the party
Wickremesinghe filing his objections earlier through Samararatne
Associates stated in terms of the averments in the plaint the said
agreements were to be enforced and implemented by the UNP.
Therefore the UNP was a necessary party. However the plaintiffs have
failed and neglected to make the UNP a party as a defendant in that
case. He also stated that the plaintiffs have deliberately suppressed
the amended constitution of the UNP and they have based the action on
the old constitution of the UNP. He pleaded before the Court that the
application for interim injunction be dismissed.
President's Counsel Ikram Mohamed appeared with Attorney Chamath
Jayasekara and Thusith Wijegunawardana for the plaintiffs instructed by
B. S. Upul Fernando. President's Counsel Harsha Sosa and President's
Counsel S. A. Parathalingam appeared for the first defendant while
President's Counsel Romesh de Silva appeared for the second defendant.