Today (18th Jan), the Court of Appeal lifted the injunction order preventing the office bearers of the newly-elected Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) from functioning in their duties.
However, the Court of Appeal also decided today that the case of its former President Jaswar Umar would be called on February 21st 2023, which is regarding the injustice that happened to him during the election of the Football Federation of Sri Lanka on the 14th.
Yesterday, the Court of Appeal (CA) issued notice on the respondents which included the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Sri Ranga, and the other newly-elected office bearers of the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL), on the petition filed by Jaswar Umar, the immediate Past President of the FFSL.
The Petitioner filed a writ application on Monday 16th January 2023, alleging that the Petitioner was wrongfully disqualified from contesting the elections on the morning of the election (14th January 2023).
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The Petitioner stated in his petition that the Minister, acting in collusion with rival candidates, directed the Elections Committee to disqualify the Petitioner from contesting for the post of President of FFSL, without giving him an opportunity of being heard.
Having heard the submission of all the counsels, the CA issued a notice yesterday to the Respondents and fixed the matter for argument on the 21st of February 2023.
Senior Counsel Eraj de Silva appeared for the petitioner, while Sumathi Dharmawardena PC, Additional Solicitor General, appeared for the Minister. Sanjeewa Jayawardena PC appeared for the President and some of the Elected Office bearers.