The Supreme Court has ruled that the Court Martial is an accepted Court under the Constitution. This has been announced by the three member panel of Appeals Court judges headed by Ranjith Silva. The Appeals Court had sought this interpretation from the Supreme Court following an issue which surfaced in a petition filed by Sarath Fonseka against the revocation of his Parliamentary seat.
Accordingly, Chief Justice Ashoka de Silva of the Supreme Court after considering this appeal had sent one ruling and Justice Salin Marzuk another ruling to the Appeals Court. These rulings pointed out that the Court Martial was legal under Article 89 of the Constitution. Pointing out that the Court Martial is vested with imposing imprisonment as well as capital punishment, the Supreme Court in the ruling said that such a punishment could be imposed only by a recognized Court.