The fall of CJ Shiranie Bandaranayake
Posted on January 13th, 2013

Dr.P.A.Samaraweera, Melbourne

 The Parliament on Friday 11th passed the Impeachment resolution for the removal of CJ Shiranie Bandaranayake. 155 MP’s voted for while 49 voted against. 20 had abstained.

The 43rd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka , Shiranie Bandaranayake, was an academic and had never practiced law. She was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1996 and became the first female Supreme Court Judge. There were objections to this appointment. In May 2011, she was appointed CJ.   
While all these appeared on surface, certain things unbecoming of a CJ was going on in the background. Last year her husband, who was Chairman of the NSB,  was charged for misappropriation of funds. The Oppositon then demanded the govt for her resignation. Subsequently, when the govt moved an impeachment probe the same group backed the CJ. The opposition and other invisible hands made her a pawn to sling mud at the govt.

 Once the impeachment motion signed by 117 members were handed over to the Speaker, the opposition, NGO’s, LTTE proxies and lawyers rallied round the CJ. So she thought, she could have a go at the President, who stood against the mighty west and decimated the LTTE. When the CJ attended the PSC meeting she displayed her arrogance by refusing to take oaths. On the 3rd day she stormed out of the meeting. This was her disaster. 
The CJ politicized the impeachment probe. She appeared with demonstrating lawyers, posed for photographs with lawyers dashing coconuts and so on in the Supreme Court premises, never witnessed before. On the other hand lawyers meetings and protest marches ended in brawls. Thus the CJ split the lawyers. She had also brought dissension among the Judges by altering those who normally sit on the Bench. Further, some Judges have written to the President of the Appeal Court expressing their disapproval for the decision made with regard to issuing of a writ on the Parliament.
In the past, the CJ Shiranie had never been seen at religious ceremonies. With the new developments, the CJ became extremely religious, frequented Temples, made poojas, had audience with religious dignitaries and so on. And she was followed by the media in the same way as a politician. The groups which supported her wanted to make the issue a powder keg but it backfired. The protest marches organised were a squib. She should be held solely responsible for the loss of dignity and prestige of the Judiciary.  She had joined foreign powers and NGO’s to discredit Sri Lanka and destabilize the peace which had been won at great cost. Now the match is over for the CJ. The curtain has fallen for her. 
 The bankrupt politicians who were  after Sarath Fonseka dumped him after  the elections. Now that Shiranie  B is sacked she will be ditched by the Black-coats and others who were rallying round her.

3 Responses to “The fall of CJ Shiranie Bandaranayake”

  1. mario_perera Says:

    The heading is wrong and should be corrected. It must read:

    Violent and illegal overthrow of CJ Shiranie Bandaranayake
    (Government muscled duds steam roll over binding Supreme Court and Appeal Court decisions)

    This case will typify the age old and consecrated adage: act in haste, repent at leisure.

    This is not the end, just the beginning of a tragicomedy.

    Mario Perera

  2. lingamAndy Says:

    Violent and illegal overthrow of CJ Shiranie Bandaranayake ! Well said !

  3. cassandra Says:


    Well said, indeed.

    But your comments will be lost on the likes of Dr PAS. They cannot see the issue other than from their perspective while they persist with ridiculous statements like that the CJ “had joined foreign powers and NGO’s to discredit Sri Lanka and destabilize the peace which had been won at great cost.”

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