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Supreme Court rules TNA MP's expulsion as illegal

Sri Lankan Supreme Court has ruled that the expulsion of an MP from the Tamil National Alliance,(TNA) the main Tamil political party is illegal.

world Updated: Feb 09, 2011 11:20 IST

Sri Lankan Supreme Court has ruled that the expulsion of an MP from the Tamil National Alliance,(TNA) the main Tamil political party is illegal.

The three bench supreme court on Wednesday in its ruling said the MPs expulsion from the party had not been conducted under the party constitution which requires a duly established disciplinary committee.

MP P Piyasena's petition to the Supreme Court said that he was expelled from the party without a proper inquiry after he voted along with the ruling party for the 18th amendment to the constitution.

The 18th amendment to the constitution lifted the two term barrier on the incumbent presidents to run a third time in elections.

Piyasena who contested the last general election representing the TNA was the only member elected from the party in Ampara District.

Several other parliamentarians from opposition crossed over to the government benches ensuring the two third majority in 225 member parliament, which the ruling party had narrowly missed in the parliamentary election last year.

The TNA once considered as the proxies of the LTTE, secured 14 seats in Parliament.