xecutive Presidents, beware!
The immunity a person holding the office of the Executive President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka had so that he or she could not be questioned before the court regarding the illegal acts committed during his/her term has been completely abolished, and the opportunity has arisen to summon those persons before the Supreme Court.
This situation arose when a notice summoning former President Maithripala Sirisena to the Supreme Court was issued. He was summoned as a respondent in the case before the Supreme Court regarding the arbitrary use of power, known as the infamous October coup in 2018. A three-judge panel consisting of Justices S. Justices Thureraja, Kumuduni Wickramasinghe and Achala Vengappuli has ordered the former president to appear on September 23.
Ranil Wickramasinghe, who served as the Prime Minister, was removed from that position, and Mahinda Rajapaksa was suddenly appointed to that position. The related gazette announcement was issued on October 26, 2018, as per the order of President Maithripala Sirisena. Social activist Anil Herath, challenging it, filed a petition before the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court considered it on the 29th and notified former President Maithripala Sirisena.