The three-judge bench of the Supreme Court unanimously refused to issue a stay order on the interim relief granted by the Court of Appeal in the Quo Warranto case against former President and Fake Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his purported government.
However, the Supreme Court granted leave to proceed and ordered the written submissions to be filed on January 16,17 and 18. Justuce Vijith Malalgoda dissented on granting leave to proceed.
With the outcome of the case today, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his purported government will continue to remain out of office.
The case was taken up before a three-judge bench comprising Eva Wanasundara, Vijith Malalgoda and Buwaneka Aluwihare.
“#FakePM now go. Your appeal failed. 3 judge SC bench in unanimous decision rejected interim relief. By 2:1 split decision leave granted; but has no practical meaning. #CoupLK now over,” UNP MP Harsha de Silva tweeted.