Former Child Affairs State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran is to be indicted before the Court of Appeal under Article 157/A 3 for alleged violation of the provisions of the Constitution.
According to section 157A (1) of the Constitution, no person shall, directly or indirectly in or outside Sri Lanka, support, espouse, promote, finance, encourage or advocate the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka.
Any person who acts in contravention of the provisions of paragraph (1) shall, on conviction by the Court of Appeal, after trial on indictment and according to such procedure as may be prescribed by law, (a) be subject to civic disability for such period not exceeding seven years as may be determined by such Court: (b)forfeit his movable and immovable property other than such property as is determined by an order of such Court as being necessary for the sustenance of such person and his family and (c) not be entitled to civic rights for such period not exceeding seven years as may be determined by such Court:
Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya PC has informed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya that action will be taken against Maheswaran in accordance with Clause 120 of the Penal Code and has directed the IGP to file action in terms of the Criminal Procedure Code.
Clause 120 of Penal Code says exciting or attempting to excite disaffection is an offense.
When the Attorney General was asked about action against Maheswaran, he said that he has already spoken with Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on this matter and action would be taken in due course.