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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 defendants.

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.



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