The Court of Appeal today issued an interim order preventing the Northern Province Local Government Commissioner from taking any steps under the Local Authority Election Act to appoint a new Chairman to the Mannar Pradeshiya Sabha.
Court of Appeal two-judge-bench comprising Justice Sobhitha Rajakaruna and Justice Dhammika Ganepola made this order pursuant to a writ petition filed Mannar Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sahul Hameed Mohamed Mujahir challenging Northern Province Governor’s decision to remove him from the posts of the Chairman and membership of the Pradeshiya Sabha.
Meanwhile, the Court of Apple also issued notices on respondents including Northern Province Governor, returnable for October 27 in connection with this writ petition.
The petitioner Sahul Hameed Mohamed Mujahir, former Mannar Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman who was elected as a member of Pradeshiya Sabha from United National Party cited Governor of the Northern Province P.S Manmatharajah Charles, retired High Court Judge Kandiah Ariyanayagam, Attorney General, and several others as respondents.
The petitioner is also seeking an order directing the Governor of Northern Province to retain him as the Chairman and member of the Mannar Pradeshiya Sabha.