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Application for order to check President Maithripala Sirisena’s mental state dismissed

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The application for a Writ of Mandamus filed requesting the Court to issue a ‘Mandatory Order’ on the Police Department, to seek a District Court order, to check the mental state of President Maithripala Sirisena was dismissed with costs by the Court of Appeal.

The applicant was M. J. M. Thakshila Lakmali Jayawardena of St. Sebastian Street., Colombo 12.

The Court observed that out of the 22 million people in the country, only the petitioner had got interested. There was no police report or any such complaint in support of the allegation that the President was not in a sound mind. The petition had not made the President a party. As such, he is not able to defend himself. The petitioner intends to tarnish the public image of the President.
The petitioner was refused notice and ordered to pay Rs, 100,000 as costs to the state.

Senior Deputy Solicitor General Mihinda Moragoda appeared for the Attorney General, made a respondent, instead of the President.

The bench comprised Justice Preethi Padman Soorasena and Justice Arjuna Obeysekere.




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