UNP restrained from suspending Neomal
Colombo District Judge Sampath Wijeratne yesterday issued an
enjoining order restraining the United National Party from suspending
the membership of Deputy Fisheries Minister Neomal Perera from the UNP.
The Court also issued another order restraining the United National
Party and its General Secretary Tissa Attanayake from taking action to
suspend Deputy Minister Neomal Perera from sitting in Parliament by
informing the Secretary General of Parliament based on the same
suspension from the party membership of the UNP.
The Court issued the orders after Neomal Perera filed a petition
before the Court alleging that the defendants of this plaint had no
right to take a decision to suspend his party membership from the UNP as
informed to him by a letter dated May 28, 2009. The plaintiff stated
that Attanayake asked him through the letter to show cause before June
15 why he should not be suspend from the UNP.
Deputy Minister filed the plaint citing the UNP, its leader Ranil
Wickremesinghe, General Secretary Tissa Attanayake and 89 others as the
Plaintiff in his plaint stated that he contested under the UNP banner
at the General Election 2004 and was elected a member of the Parliament.
Plaintiff, Deputy Minister Perera further submitted that the General
Secretary of the UNP Tissa Attanayake informed him that the Working
Committee of the UNP had learnt plaintiff had accepted the post of Sri
Lanka Freedom Party organizer for Chilaw. He was asked to show cause why
he should not be suspended from his party.
Plaintiff further stated that if the General Secretary to the UNP
informed the Secretary General of Parliament to take steps to suspend
his membership from Parliament, he would suffer an irreparable loss and
therefore asked Court to issue an order restraining defendants from
suspending his party membership. The Court issued notice on defendants
to appear before Court on June 24. Attorneys-at-Law Ali Sabri appeared
for the plaintiff instructed by Athula de Silva.