Courts allows Hakeem to function as SLMC leader
[TamilNet, Thursday, 05 December 2002, 20:04 GMT]
The Colombo District Court Thursday vacated the enjoining order restraining
Minister Mr.Rauff Hakeem from functioning as the president of the Sri Lanka
The additional district judge Mr.S.L.Abeyagunaratne issued the said
enjoining order Tuesday on a petition filed by the SLMC dissidents Mr.
A.L.M.Athaullah and ten others seeking the court to prevent Mr. Hakeem from
functioning as the leader of the party. The petitioners told court that the
SLMC politburo had expelled Mr. Hakeem from the post of president.
When the counter petition filed by Mr.Rauff Hakeem was taken up for inquiry
Thursday, Presiden's Counsel Mr.S.Parathalingam submitted to court the said
Enjoining order issued against Mr.Rauff Hakeem was bad in law as the court had failed to take into consideration the fact Mr.Athaullah and Dr.Hafrath had already
been expelled from the post of chairman and general secretary, respectively,
of the party by Mr.Rauff Hakeem, who was exercising his powers given to him by the
constitution of the SLMC.
The judge after hearing the submission by the counsel, who appeared for the
SLMC dissidents, vacated his earlier enjoining order
restraining Mr. Hakeem from functioning as the leader of the SLMC.
The judge said the SLMC dissidents had obtained the earlier enjoining order
suppressing the fact that the party chairman Mr.Athaullah and the general
secretary Dr Hafrath had already been suspended by the president of the SLMC
Mr.Rauff Hakeem. " Hence I vacate the enjoining order restraining Mr. Hakeem
from functioning as the president of
the party," said the judge in his order.
Immediately after obtaining the court order Mr. Hakeem met his close
associates and held vital discussions about the future course of action to
be taken to consolidate his position in the party against his dissidents,
party sources said.
Mr. Hakeem was given a rousing welcome by hundreds of his supporters when he
came out of the District Court. Government parliamentarians gave him a
standing ovation Thursday evening when he arrived to participate in the
committee stage budget debate.