Supreme Court rules TNA MP`s expulsion as illegal

Sri Lankan Supreme Court has ruled that the expulsion of an MP from the Tamil National Alliance,(TNA) the main Tamil political party is illegal.

Last Updated: Feb 09, 2011, 11:44 AM IST

Colombo: Sri Lankan Supreme Court has ruled
that the expulsion of an MP from the Tamil National
Alliance,(TNA) the main Tamil political party is illegal.

The three bench Supreme Court yesterday in its ruling
said the MPs expulsion from the party had not been conducted
under the party constitution which requires a duly established
disciplinary committee.

MP P Piyasena`s petition to the Supreme Court said that
he was expelled from the party without a proper inquiry after
he voted along with the ruling party for the 18th amendment to
the constitution.

The 18th amendment to the constitution lifted the two
term barrier on the incumbent presidents to run a third time
in elections.

Piyasena who contested the last general election
representing the TNA was the only member elected from the
party in Ampara District.

Several other parliamentarians from opposition crossed
over to the government benches ensuring the two third majority
in 225 member parliament, which the ruling party had narrowly
missed in the parliamentary election last year.

The TNA once considered as the proxies of the LTTE,
secured 14 seats in Parliament.

PTI