Giving a new twist to the already ?messy? athleticS set up, the Colombo District Court on Friday, issued a restraining order preventing the newly elected athletics committee from functioning in their respective capacities.
The order issued by the court is valid until the case comes to a close and the newly elected committee, headed by Local Government Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon was ordered to appear in court on April 29.
The case was taken up a day prior to the Sinhala Tamil New year celebrations, before Judge A.H Sumithripala.
The court issued the order after Derwin Perera and his committee, who charged that the election was a farce, marred by violence and thuggery, decided to seek court intervention in order to see justice done.
Minister Tennakoon was elected president of the Athletic Association of Sri Lanka (AASL) by a majority of two votes, in an election marred by allegations of ?vote fixing?.
The Minister polled 56 votes against the 54 votes of the other candidate, Derwin Perera, who walked out in protest with his supporters, charging that the election was a farce.
Derwin Perera and his supporters, backed by many leading national athletes requested the Sports Ministry to grant them a hearing. However, the ministry did not accede to their request.
The new committee headed by Minister Tennakoon, however forwarded a two-year development plan early this month to uplift the standard of athletics, which will now be hampered by the court order.