Sri Lanka: Impeachment of the Chief Justice
Posted on January 4th, 2013
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada
4 January 2013
THE OTTAWA CITIZEN
You reported: Sri Lanka – Probe of chief judge not legal, top court rules. This issue is getting nastier and messier by the day.
We are now been told that the Supreme Court had falsified/omitted the relevant part of the Constitutional clause in giving this judgment – and left out the relevant vital part of the constitutional document, which says ‘by law OR Standing Order.’
If this observation is in fact honest and correct, then do I smell a rat here? The key part of the constitution states that Standing Orders is one way of creating a body to investigate impeachment charges against the Chief Justice. This order acknowledges that the removal of judges is a power vested with the President of the country.
One wonders whether the Supreme Court was using an outdated copy of the Constitution where the words ‘by law OR Standing Order’ had not been incorporated to make its judgment. Either way the issue is fishy, smelly and suspect.
If this omission is proved right, then one thing should be clear in Sri Lanka, that neither the lawyers nor the judiciary can take the law into their hands to manipulate to guard their wronged house and paint it lily-white.