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The Supreme Court today (19) dismissed a fundamental rights petition seeking the invalidation of the parliamentary seat of acting president Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Filed by secretary of Vinivida organisation, attorney-at-law Nagananda Kodithuwakku, the petition was taken up by a bench comprising justices Gamini Amerasekara, Shiran Gunaratne and Janak de Silva.

The bench accepted the preliminary objections raised by the lawyers for the respondent and dismissed the FR petition.

Deputy solicitor general Kanishka de Silva appeared on behalf of the attorney general.

The petitioner claimed that the appointment of Wickremesinghe as a national list MP of the UNP was a violation of the constitution as per the 13th amendment which says a candidate who lost at a general election cannot be appointed an MP.

At yesterday’s hearing, the deputy solicitor general informed the court that there was no legal basis for the continuation of the case.