It has been emphasized in the Supreme Court that Sarath Fonseka had endorsed that the Presidential election had been free and fair.
President’s Counsel D.S. Wijesinghe laid this emphasis appearing on behalf of President Rajapaksa who is a respondent of the Presidential election petition. The case was being heard for the second day today. Judges Dr. Shirani Bandaranaike and K. Sri Pavan queried whether there is a possibility of calling for the annulment of the person elected, rather than demanding the cancellation of the election. In response, the President’s Counsel said there was no room in this respect within the law. The Counsel said the Judiciary had no possibility of granting such relief. The petitioner had accused that Mahinda Rajapaksa had organized illegal treatments during the election period. However, the petitioner had been unsuccessful in divulging the names of persons who received such treatment.
The Counsel further argued that Sarath Fonseka had been unsuccessful in consolidating as to whether all those who received such treatment voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential poll. In the petition, Mr. Fonseka had also leveled accusations that false publicity had been given against him during the election period by the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Lakhanda Radio and ITN. However, the President’s Counsel argued that such an allegation cannot be considered as the petitioner had not named these media institutions as respondents. Although Mr. Fonseka had announced that he had won the election, it has not been mentioned in the petition the number of votes he had been deprived of. Attorneys appearing on behalf of Minister Wimal Weerwansa, Sarath Kohngahage, Attorney Kalinga Indatissa and President’s Counsel Razeek Zarook, cited as respondents by the petitioner, made submissions today. The hearing will resume tomorrow.