When the Head is in Tatters, Can the Body Survive? Fish Starts to Rot from its Head.
Posted on December 9th, 2012

Prof. Hudson McLean

 When judiciary is in conflict with the political hierarchy, will the Confidence & Credibility collapse in the Law Makers & Law Enforcers?

 Brilliant analysis from H.L.D. Mahindapala How independent is the Judiciary?
http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2012/12/03/how-independent-is-the-judiciary/….Posted on December 3rd, 2012

 In an earlier scribble I made an error of judgment, regarding Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake being dragged into what I thought was a wrong grave. I apologise to the readers of LankaWeb for this error.

 The second letter  by S.P.C.

CJ’S BLINKING ACCOUNTS:- Open & Shut Case of Account Fixing/Corruption

http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/12/04/fea02.asp  was a real eye-opener!

 It is a well known fact that corruption is way of life and rife in Sri Lanka.

 From Politicians to Policemen in Sri Lanka have demonstrated that Bribery & Corruption runs deep in their veins.

Transparency International placed Sri Lanka in the 79th position, not a great encouragement to foreign investors.

 http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/24044-sl-placed-79th-inglobal-corruption-perception-index.html

 It was not long ago when I read in the Daily News, that President Mahinda Rajapaksa warmly welcoming Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake to hold the highest seat in the judiciary.

 The question arises then, did the President conduct Due Diligence on the Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake and her businessman husband prior to this appointment?

 Did the President and his brother Basil Rajapaksa expect some form of gratitude from Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake in her considerations? 

 And when no such facility was forthcoming did the Speaker of the House Chamal Rajapaksa used his “stick” to take Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake to task, using the majority enjoyed by the Ruling Party?

 As H.L.D. Mahindapala notes, were the preliminary Parliamentary Select Committee hearings held in a fancy club with grilled devilled sear fish & jumbo prawns and a drop of Black Label or a G&T?

 From the on-going saga, one sees that Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake should never have been nominated to the position of Chief Justice by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

 Somewhere, someone knew the entire background and goings on with Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake and her husband, since both enjoy high profile in social and business circles. 

One cannot hide Facts & Figures from the gossip mongers in Colombo. Yet Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake was appointed to the highest office in the judiciary.

 There are parallels in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Russia, China which are not so Democratic

 But in Sri Lanka – This is Democracy rotting at its core!

Is this Bribery & Corruption at its highest?

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5 Responses to “When the Head is in Tatters, Can the Body Survive? Fish Starts to Rot from its Head.”

  1. NeelaMahaYoda Says:

    Dear Professor,
    If you can get your wife to translate the article appearing below your article here in Sinhala, you will see more facts.
    As Mahindapala a Veteran journalist says;
    “This, of course, is not even the tip of the iceberg. It is only the last tiny flake sitting on the tip of the iceberg. Every practitioner in the legal system knows more than one story which they will not talk about in public because it reflects badly on the integrity and the professional standards. The tragedy — or rather the hypocrisy (Jesus had a lot to say about this) — is that these black-coated professionals are the first to pontificate on the unimpeachable standards that must be preserved at all levels to (1) protect the independence of the judiciary (2) rule of law and (3) delivery of justice to the sovereign people”.
    It is an eye opener for the government to introduce new legislation to protect the sovereign people from these black-coated MAFIA GANG.

  2. Lorenzo Says:

    Lawyers are part of the corrupt system.

    COLLUSION between CJ, bar association, judges, lawyers is a MAFIA.

    Anyway sack SB TODAY. Don’t delay.

  3. dhane Says:

    It proved that President, his brothers Gota & Basil Rajapaksa made TWO important wrong appointsments. First Sarath Fonseka next Shirani Bandaranayake. There are few others holding TOP positions but still not come out public. Its better before too late to reconsiders those appontments even if they are close family members or party members. considerations?

  4. Fran Diaz Says:

    SECURITY issues are paramount.
    LOYALTY to the Nation of Sri Lanka is equally important.

    Those who cannot meet these two criteria ought to resign their public posts and go abroad to a country of their choice.

  5. Nanda Says:

    I must say yes to the last question raise by the professor.

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