Tuesday, 22nd June 2021

Court dismisses plea to check President’s mental health

Colombo (PTI): A top Sri Lankan court today dismissed a petition seeking mental health assessment of President Maithripala Sirisena for his sacking of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister, a controversial decision which plunged the country into an unprecedented political crisis.

On October 26, President Sirisena, 67, sacked Wickeremesinghe as Prime Minister and replaced him with ex-strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, triggering the never-seen-before political and constitutional impasse which lasted for over two months.

 

The Court of Appeal dismissed with costs the petition filed by a woman named Thakshila Lakmali Jayawardena, saying it had no authority to hear the case.

Mr Jayawardena sought an order directing the police chief to go into Sirisena’s state of mind. The petition called for a medical report on the President’s mental status.

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