Rajiva Withdraws the Case
Prof Rajiva Wijesinha who had filed a case (DSP/108/2015) against the Liberal Party and its party officials at District Court of Colombo on 4th of August 2015 withdrew the case on 17th September 2015 before Colombo District Judge Hon T.D.Gunasekara . Counsel for the Liberal Party did not move for cost.
Earlier he obtained an enjoining order and injunction notices against Mrs Swarna Amaratunga(President), Mr.Kamal Nissanka (Secretary General), Mr.Rathnasiri Kottege (Treasurer), Mr. Ananda Stephen(Deputy Secretary General) , Mr. Roshan Amaraarachchi ( Vice President) and Dr Newton Pieris and the Liberal Party.
President Counsel Mr. Nigel Hatch instructed by Simon & Associates appeared for the plaintiff Prof Rajiva Wijesinha and Senior Counsel Mr. Aravinda Athurupana with Mr. Daham Binduhewa instructed by Ms Samadi Senevirathna appeared for the Liberal Party.
Commenting on the withdrawal of the case , Mr. Kamal Nissanka, Secretary General of the Liberal Party said that as the case is now withdrawn his letter dated 15th July 2015 which was sent to Prof Rajiva Wijesinha indicating that he had ceased to have been a member of the party as he had included his name in the United Peoples Freedom Alliance( UPFA) national list is now valid in law and however indicated that the final decision whether to endorse the letter or not, rests on the national committee of the Liberal Party. The party had halted all communications with Prof Wijesinha since mid July.
Only a few members of the original national list of the UPFA were elected by the present hierarchy of the UPFA/SLFP to be members of parliament and candidates of other parties were totally neglected and some aggrieved candidates have filed cases in the apex court seeking redress. The Liberal Party has consistently requested Prof Rajiva Wijesinha to resign from the controversial national list as it does not have a duly signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the UPFA. The Liberal Party also initially felt that the said national list was filled without proper endorsement of UPFA leader President Maithripala Sirisena.