The Supreme Court opinion, on whether there are any constitutional barriers to prevent President Mahinda Rajapaksa from contesting for a third term, was expected to be conveyed to the President before midnight yesterday, well placed sources said.
Registrar of the Supreme Court Mahesi Jayasekera told Ceylon Today that she received 38 sets of written submissions from various persons and she referred all those files to Chief Justice Mohan Peiris.
Jayasekera further said that according to the Constitution this matter has to be taken up in camera, and Court has to send its opinion direct to the President.
However, Court has time till 12 midnight of 10 November, she said.
This matter came up before the Bench comprising Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, Justices K. Sripavan, Chandra Ekanayake, Priyasath Dep, Eva Wanasundera, Rohini Marasinghe, Buwaneka Aluvihare, Sarath de Abrew, Sisira de Abrew and Priyantha Jayawardena.
Court resumed its sittings even yesterday at 2.30 p.m. in the Chief Justice’s Chamber for further consideration.
Secretary to Bar Association of Sri Lanka Ajith Pathirana, at a press conference yesterday said that BASL considered this as a very important matter of public interest and that is the reason for them to request the Supreme Court to grant an opportunity to make oral submission in open Court. “We request the Supreme Court through two letters but Court did not respond.”