IMPEACHMENT MOTION : Dec 4 D-day against CJ
Posted on November 25th, 2012
Courtesy The Daily News
* THE DAMNING CHARGES
* Over 20 bank accounts not declared in declaration of assets and liabilities
* Taking over Ceylinco case heard by another Bench; Bought house on Ceylinco Attorney papers
* Rs 34 m foreign currency deposits-not declared
* Rs 19,362,500 undisclosed
* Conduct unbecoming of a Chief Justice
Forgetting integrity on impeachment
A former Justice Ministry Secretary during the Sirima Bandarnaike era, Nihal Jayawickreme, has come out to bat for the anti-impeachment forces, notwithstanding the fact that there are serious integrity and impartiality issues concerning the Chief Justice that warrants investigation.
Sprouting the words ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œintegrity and impartialityÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢ as if chanting a mathra, he goes onto say however that the Bangalore principles which are a Code of Conduct for Judges, do not have anything to do with impeaching judges!
What next? That running has nothing to with marathons, or Ministry Secretaries have nothing to do with Ministries? Obviously, Mr Jayawickreme has distorted the discause, ignored the facts.
Please see editorial on page 4 titled HOT AIR ON IMPEACHMENT.
The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC)will meet on Tuesday, December 4 to proceed with further hearing on the impeachment motion against Chief Justice Dr Shirani Bandaranayake.
The impeachment motion signed by 117 Members of Parliament was handed over to the Speaker of the House Chamal Rajapaksa and was entered in the Order Paper of the House on December 6 under item number 20.
The PSC headed by Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa consists of 11 MPs.
Those MPs who signed the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice requested that a special parliamentary committee be appointed to examine the charges and the Speaker granted the request to appoint the PSC as there are provisions in the Constitution to do so and in pursuance of the Standing Order No 78 (A)
Legal experts say the PSC has been duly appointed in line with the provisions provided by the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka .
The charges that are to be examined by the PSC is as follows:
Over 20 bank accounts not declared in declaration of assets and liabilities
Taking over Ceylinco case heard by another Bench; Bought house on Ceylinco Attorney papers
Rs 34 million foreign currency deposits not declared
Rs 19,362,500 undisclosed
Conduct unbecoming of a Chief Justice
The resolution in accordance with Article 107 (2) of the Constitution was for a Motion of Parliament to be presented to the President for the removal of Dr Mrs Upatissa Atapattu Bandaranayake Wasala Mudiyanse Ralahamilage Shirani Arishumala Bandaranayake from the office of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
Ethics and Entrances
The Chief Justice used the no-security left side entrance to parliament and the inner chambers when she arrived for impeachment hearings before the Parliamentary Select Committee. The President and the Chief Justice are entitled to use that entrance by virtue of office. However, the CJ let two members of her retinue – lawyers we are told — to use that entrance as well, and it is now being asked what is the moral integrity of what she did? Does her rights as Chief Justice extend to others including hangers-on or faithful retainers as well?
You be the judge.