On Friday (13) the Court of Appeal gave an enjoining order to prevent the suspension of Sri Lanka Rugby membership issued by Gazette Notification on first of April by the former Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa.
Namal Rajapaksa temporarily suspended SLR on 1 April 2022 and appointed Director General of Sports Development Amal Edirisooriya as the Competent Authority to administer the functions of SLR two days prior to his resignation as Sports Minister.
SLR is currently facing full membership suspension from Asia Rugby (AR), which was imposed recently after the Gazette Notification.
On Friday, the SLR writ application was taken up for support. The petitioner’s lawyers were Faisz Musthapha PC, Panduka Keerthinanda AAL, Keerthi Thilakaratne AAL instructed by Sanjaya Kaluarachchi AAL. For the respondent’s Attorney General’s Department’s ASG Sumathi Dharmawardana PC appeared.
Also, Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) needs to appeal before the new Sports Minister with regard to their voting rights, in order to be eligible to vote at the upcoming SLRFU election.
Speaking to Ceylon Today, Sri Lanka Rugby President, Rizly Ilyas said: “Today was a great victory for Sri Lanka sports, and specially for Sri Lanka Rugby. We assume that in future there won’t be unlawful political interference to sports federations. We are moving forward to develop SLR. Also, we do not hold any grudges against anyone. We have come before the judiciary to fight against the unlawful suspension of SLR.”
The case will be next heard on 30 June 2022.