SSP Pushpakumara permitted to contest SLHF Presidency

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 27 2021

SSP Kamal Pushpakumara has been permitted to contest for the Presidency of the Sri Lanka Hockey Federation. The President of the State Services Hockey Association (SSHA) previously instituted action in the District Court of Colombo through a Plaint, on 27 May 2021, seeking judgment and decree for and on behalf of the State Services Hockey Association. 

The second and third Respondents were members of the election committee appointed to oversee the Sri Lanka Hockey Federation elections. The President of SSHA objected to the nomination of the fifth Respondent with the Election Committee, but the objection was overruled. The President of SSHA then lodged a complaint with the Minister on 8 May 2021 and sought a declaration that the fifth Respondent has no legal right to contest the post of chairman of the executive committee of SLHF in the election to be held in 2021. 

He then sought relief from the District Court, including that of declaring that the fifth Respondent has no legal right before the law to contest for the post of chairman of the executive committee of the SLHF in the election to be held in 2021, to declare that the sixth Respondent has no legal right before the law to contest for the post of chairman of the executive committee of the SLHF in the election to be held in 2021.

 To declare that the first to third Respondents and/or any persons acting have no legal right under the law to facilitate the fifth and/ or sixth Respondents to contest for the post of chairman of the executive committee of the SLHF in the election to be held in the year 2021 together with several other reliefs. 

The matter was supported on 29 May 2021 and the District Court Judge granted an enjoining order restraining the fifth Respondent from contesting for the post of chairman of the executive committee at the upcoming election to the SLHF due to be held in 2021 until the hearing and determination of the interim injunction prayed by the Plaintiffs. Further the District Court Judge granted an enjoining order restraining the sixth Respondent from contesting for the post of chairman of the executive committee at the upcoming election to the SLHF due to be held in 2021 until the hearing and determination of the interim injunction prayed by the Plaintiffs. 

The District Court also granted an enjoining order restraining the first to third Respondents or anyone acting under their directions from permitting and/or aiding the fifth and/or sixth Respondents to contest for post of chairman in the SLHF election until the hearing and determination of the interim injunction prayed by the Plaintiffs. The Civil Appeal High Court later held in favour of the Petitioners, stating that there were sufficient grounds for the District Judge not to extend the enjoining orders issued, when the applications were made not to extend same. 

President’s Counsel Faiszer Musthapha with Attorney-at-law and Ashan Bandara appeared for the Petitioner while President’s Counsel Kuvera de Soysa appeared for the Respondent.

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 27 2021

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