Uncertainty over Minister Nazeer Ahamed’s MP post after SC ruling

October 6, 2023 at 12:49 PM

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka has determined that the decision taken to remove Minister of Environment Naseer Ahamed from the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) is valid and legal.

The decision was announced by the Supreme Court judge bench consisting of Preethi Padman Surasena and Mahinda Samayawardhena when the case in this regard was taken up for hearing today (Oct 06).

In April 2022, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress decided to expel party member Naseer Ahamed after he was sworn in as the Minister of Environment under the former government.

Following his appointment, Naseer Ahamed also endorsed the 20th Amendment to the Constitution in 2020 and voted in favour of the Budget 2022, against the stance of the SLMC. 

Based on these reasons, the SLMC took measures to expel Naseer Ahamed from the party.

Naseer Ahamed had contested the elections under the SLMC and won in the Batticaloa District, becoming a member of Parliament.

However, it is unclear as to what will happen with regard to his Parliamentary seat due to the Supreme Court’s decision announced today. (NewsWire)