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Thursday, 03 October 2019 - 18:57
FURTHER HEARINGS IN GOTABHAYA’S CITIZENSHIP CASE ADJOURN FOR TOMORROW, BROTHER BLAMES PETITIONER CHANDRAGUPTA
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The petition that challenges the citizenship of SLPP presidential candidate, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was taken for hearing before a three-judge bench for the second day today.

Making submissions before the Court of Appeal, presidents counsel Chanaka de Silva who appeared for a respondent, minister Vajira Abeywardana, said although the President has executive powers under Article 30 of the Constitution, he is bounded by collective responsibility with the other members of the Cabinet.

He said, therefore, the then President, Mahinda Rajapaksa did not have the power to sign off the citizenship document of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa as the Cabinet was not appointed at that moment.

Presidents Counsel Chanaka de Silva further said that the address provided by Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in the citizenship certificate and in the ledger of the Immigration and Emigration Department are contradictory.

Meanwhile, appearing for Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, presidents Counsel Romesh de Silva said the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa had authority to sign off the citizenship certificate of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa under the executive powers vested in him.

He said Rajapaksa, as the then executive president, had signed off citizenship certificates of another 20 persons on the same day in addition to signing off the citizenship certificate of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

Therefore, Presidents Counsel Romesh de Silva questioned whether those 20 persons are also considered non-citizens of this country.

Further hearing of the petition was adjourned until 9.30 am tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Indranath Thenuwara, a brother of Professor Chandragupta Thenuwara says his elder sibling has become a party to challenge the citizenship of presidential candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in order to please certain political elements.

Professor Thenuwara and Gamini Viyangoda filed a petition with the court of appeal recently seeking a stay order on the citizenship of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
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