Sri Lanka: Impeachment of the Chief Justice
Posted on January 4th, 2013
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada
ƒÆ’-¡ 4 January 2013
ƒÆ’-¡ The Editor
THE OTTAWA CITIZEN
You reported:ƒÆ’-¡ Sri Lanka – Probe of chief judge not legal, top court rules.ƒÆ’-¡ This issue is getting nastier and messierƒÆ’-¡ by the day.
ƒÆ’-¡ 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.’
ƒÆ’-¡ If this observation is in factƒÆ’-¡ honest andƒÆ’-¡ correct,ƒÆ’-¡ then do I smell a rat here?ƒÆ’-¡ 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.ƒÆ’-¡ This order acknowledges that the removal of judges is a power vested with the President of the country.
ƒÆ’-¡ One wonders whether the Supreme Court was using an outdated copy of the Constitution where the words ‘by law OR Standing Order’ƒÆ’-¡ had not been incorporated to makeƒÆ’-¡ its judgment.ƒÆ’-¡ Either way the issue is fishy, smelly and suspect.
ƒÆ’-¡ If this omission is proved right, thenƒÆ’-¡ one thing should be clear in Sri Lanka, that neither theƒÆ’-¡ lawyers nor the judiciary can takeƒÆ’-¡ the law into their hands to manipulate to guard their wrongedƒÆ’-¡ house and paintƒÆ’-¡ it lily-white.
ƒÆ’-¡ Asoka Weerasinghe