State Minister of Tourism Diana Gamage has had a safe landing after the majority ruling of the Court of Appeal. Social activist Oshala Herath who said that he would appeal against the verdict, has not only been asked to pay the cost but has also been told that he does not have an iota of evidence that would substantiate his claims against State Minister Diana Gamage.
However, in a separate judgment, Justice M.A.R. Marikar made some hard-hitting comments and said that he cannot agree with the findings of the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Karunaratne, and pointed out that Diana Gamage has not obtained Sri Lankan citizenship and has not renounced her British citizenship, and she is disqualified to be in Parliament.
“The duty of the first respondent (Diana Gamage) is to prove her citizenship right rather than challenging the petition,” Justice Marikar observed.