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Ministry Secretaries that follow President's orders after CA order could face contempt of court charges

President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to all ministry secretaries to fulfill their duties and responsibilities according to the laws of the country without any disruption, the Presidential Media Division (PMD) said today (04).

However, as per the Constitution's Article 48 (2), with the Court of Appeal order confirming the November 14 no-confidence motion that defeated Mahinda Rajapaksa, his purported Cabinet stands dissolved. As such, ministry secretaries could be held in contempt of court, legal experts said. 

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Dissolution of Cabinet

Accordingly, as per article 52 (3) of the Constitution, If they (Ministry Secretaries) attempt to exercise powers of the office they held, they are in contempt of court and can be charged under the penal code 114 and 115, and Offences against Public Property Act. 

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Legal experts also said that the president could instruct Ministries that are under his direct purview but not all.

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