Big day in Sri Lanka: SC to decide snap poll legality today

New Delhi, Nov 13: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court will deliver its verdict on the legality of the January 5, 2019 snap polls announced by President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday, after 13 fundamental rights petitions were filed against the dissolution of the Parliament.The decision came after the court adjourned hearing on the 13 fundamental rights petitions filed by several political parties including the United National Party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, Tamil National Alliance, All Ceylon Makkal Congress and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, civil organization Centre for Policy Alternatives, former MP Mano Ganesan and Attorney Aruna Laksiri on November 12.A three-judge bench, comprising Chief Justice Nalin Perera, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena and Justice Prasanna Jayawardene heard the petitions filed during November 12th's hearing.The petitioners said that the president does not have the power to dissolve the Parliament under the 19th amendment of the constitution and have requested the Supreme Court to issue an order to nullify the gazette notification issued by Sirisena, wherein he dissolved the Sri Lankan Parliament, reports Colombo Page.They further requested the apex court to suspend the January 5 snap polls until the passing of the verdict.