Rift among lawyers after induction of new BASL President
Posted on April 1st, 2013

P.A.Samaraweera, Melbourne

CJ Mohan Pieris had not been invited for the convocation held on Saturday at Navarangahala to induct the new BASL president. Instead, the UNP dominated BASL, had asked a ‘pretender’ to grace the occassion. Impeached CJ Shiranie Bandaranayke with bankrupt politicians had sat at the High Table. As expected a great majority of the PC’s and senior lawyers had not participated. The Attorney General, senior Judges and seniors from the Attorney General’s Dept had boycotted the ‘get together’. So it had turned out to be an an anti-govt, pro-Eelam, bankrupt politicians ‘evening party’.
 
After this meeting, the role of the BASL had been exposed by the Lawyers Association for Human Rights and Democracy (LAHRD) by indicating that the former is pursuing a political agenda. They have said that the outgoing President is a UNP., MP and the incoming is an active member of the opposition. They have been highly critical of the BASL for promoting an impeached CJ as the 43rd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka. They have also reminded that she has 13 corruption charges against her and had been summoned before the Bribery Commission. While condemning speeches made by pro-Eelamists they have queried the invitations extended to bankrupt politicians.
 
After the BASL meeting there is a clear indication of a rift among lawyers. And it is heartening to note that there is a dialogue to form an alternative Bar Association in the interest of the nation. 

8 Responses to “Rift among lawyers after induction of new BASL President”

  1. Senevirath Says:

    LAWYERS USE YOUR BRAINS TO SAVE SRI LANKA. THIS IS THE REASON PEOPLE HATE LAWYERS. good lawyers should get together to form an Alternative bar association .

  2. S.Gonsalkorale Says:

    Let me attach a statement from a ono-UNP lawyer.

    “Wijedasa Rajapakshe PC, Member of Parliament of the United National Party and a member of the Working Committee brought politics into the BASL and ruined the BASL and further he couldn’t stand for his second term. Now Upul Jayasuriya, another politician who lost all his national elections with Lalith Athulathmudali, has been returned as President of the BASL and on his Convocation he commenced the destruction of the integrity of the Bar Association by inviting the impeached Chief Justice as the Chief Guest. Further, he used former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, and former UNP Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya who have nothing to do with the Bar Association. And he used the BASL further for his own political agenda. Why’ was the Membership so irresponsible as to elect a person with known political agendas? Where are we headed now?”

    The best is to good lawyers get together and form a proper BA.

  3. herman Says:

    unfortunately, there are very few good lawyers in practise. Lawyers are lawyers. So, forming another or alternative Bar association is not the solution.

  4. Lorenzo Says:

    When Jihad lawyers come out in 2016 (2012 + 4 years) and join the BAR, it will be real fun.

    Remember Hack-him passed 150 Jihadists last year in law college exam?

    They will be the lawyers of tomorrow!! :))

  5. S.Gonsalkorale Says:

    Race based exam cheating, invented by Tamils and re-invented in a different form by Jihadist should be punished by death by be-heading, according to Hak-him’s own Shria law.

  6. S.Gonsalkorale Says:

    Upul Jayasuriya is a top traitor. He was in my class and got four F’s in A Levels.
    His brother worked for Kit Athu’s cousin closely in 1977 elections.
    Soon after he passed the law college exams, he was given the post as Tractor Corporation Chaiman.

  7. Mahinda Wickramarathne Says:

    all lawyers are bloody crooks the biggest being xxx – don’t want to mention the name

  8. Mahinda Wickramarathne Says:

    Senevi – there are no good lawyers in sri lanka

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