The Expulsion Petition filed by Parliamentarian Diana Gamage challenging the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) for expelling her party membership was today fixed for argument by Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court fixed the petition to be heard on March 2.
In her petition, Diana Gamage said she has been expelled from the party membership following her decision to vote in favour of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. The Petitioner said she is not a member of the Government, but a Member of Parliament acting with independence and in accordance with her conscience as demanded
by SJB Party’s Constitution.
Diana Gamage has cited SJB General Secretary, its Chairman Sajith Premadasa, Secretary General of Parliament, the Chairman of Election Commission, members of Election Commission and several others as respondents.
The petitioner is also seeking a declaration that the decision to expel her from the SJB communicated to her via letter dated 08th October 2021, is made in violation of the constitution of the SJB.
Gamage stated that party decision to expel from party membership was unlawful and contrary to natural justice.
She further seeking a declaration that the conduct of the purported disciplinary inquiry is in violation of natural justice and procedural proprieties, and thereby null and void and has no force or avail in law.
President’s Counsel Uditha Egalahewa appeared for the petitioner.
President’s Counsel Faisz Musthapha with Farman Cassim PC and Keerthi Tillekaratne appeared for SJB and Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa.
President’s Counsel Ikram Mohomed with Thisath Wijeyagunawardena PC appeared for SJB General Secretary Ranjith Maddumabandara.