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Finance Secretary barred from withholding budget allocations for elections

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Supreme Court issued an interim order on the country’s Finance Secretary, and the Attorney General who represents the Finance Minister preventing them from withholding any funds allocated by the 2023 Budget for the Local Government Poll 2023.

The interim order was issued after permission was granted to examine an application that was filed by General Secretary of the Samagi Jana Balavegaya Ranjith Madduma Bandara.

The application was taken up in the presence of Supreme Court Justices P. Padman Surasena, Janak De Silva, and Priyantha Jayawardena.

The Supreme Court issued another Interim Order preventing the withholding of any funds from the Government Printer.

The application will be taken up for examination from the 26th of May 2023. 

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