Video: Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake resumes duties as CJ

2015-01-28 09:39:25

Chief Justice-43 Shirani Bandaranayake has resumed duties in the office of Chief Justice as there had been no legal removal of her from the post, Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) President Upul Jayasuriya said.

Dr. Bandaranayake arrived at the Superior Court complex at Hulftsdorp this afternoon and took office at the chambers of the Chief Justice, after she was welcomed by Mr. Jayasuriya.

“There is no requirement for a new appointment therefore,” he told a news conference a short while ago and added that she will resign form her post tomorrow.

Lawyers of the Dr. Bandaranayake told the Daily Mirror that she had received a letter from the President’s office asking her to “resume duties,” on grounds that she was not impeached lawfully and therefore no vacancy existed for the post of Chief Justice. 

Simultaneously, a letter had been sent to Chief Justice 44 Mohan Peiris to the effect that he had not been appointed as the Chief Justice and such appointment was void at its inception. 

The events unfolded after a protest was organised opposite the Supreme Court, with protestors marching and shouting slogans demanding the immediate “removal” of the “Chief Justice”.

The protestors continued to be present outside the precincts of the Court complex till past noon as rumours spread about the imminent re-appointment of Dr. Bandaranayake.

At around 12.30 p.m. crackers were lit, with the sound of it being heard throughout the entire Court Complex including the Supreme Courts.

Two Courts of the Supreme Court, 403 and 502 were in operation at the time. The Court in which the Chief Justice sits, 502 had postponed all matters that were listed for argument, after the news was confirmed.

At around 1 p.m. Dr. Bandaranayake walked into the complex through the Justice Ministry entrance and was welcomed by lawyers present.

She thereafter proceeded to the Chambers of the Chief Justice which was marked “Chambers of the Chief Justice Hon. Mohan Peiris,” where many lawyers proceeded to wish her. 

Thereafter, the judges of the Supreme Court had also proceeded to welcome her at her Chambers. (Hafeel Farisz)

Video by Sanath Desmond

  Comments - 23

  • Sam Samarasinghe Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:01


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    Sana Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:03

    Congratulations Madam. via DM Android App

    Reply : 14       74

    Bubble Banda Wednesday, 28 January 2015 17:47

    Let the whole nation MERRY like the day MS became the President beating MR.

    Reply : 9       52

    saman Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:04


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    Kiris Baba Amaray Wednesday, 28 January 2015 17:48

    is this Hoo.... for Mohan Pieris..?????

    Reply : 9       32

    hiran gunawardena Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:07

    This is a disgrace that Mohan Peries removed by thugs. She has no shame go and sit there illegally of course. Soon all the charges against her husband will be dropped. ha ha 100 day programme

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    Gemba Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:22

    Thugs threw her out and THUGS appointed Mohan Peiris. So you must also be a THUG.

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    Desmond Jeromme Wednesday, 28 January 2015 17:35

    Right answer for a thug who protects the actual thugs.

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    Sri Wickrema Wednesday, 28 January 2015 17:48

    There was no motion in parliament to impeach Chief Justice 43 Mrs Bandaranayake. The motion submitted to parliament by Rajapakse regime was something else. The then chief opposition whip brought this matter to the speaker on that day but to no avail.

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    dcol Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:09

    Even for the wrong reasons previous Govt used the correct procedure to remove and appoint a CJ using the constitutional laws.There is a clear procedure in this country to remove a CJ if he/she is not fit to to the post. Please follow that process to ensure that people will trust the law. If we can appoint a CJ like this : by Bar association "Udgoshana" and "Tarjana" how about any other appointment in the country.A very bad example to start with

    Reply : 55       91

    Andrew Pitugala Wednesday, 28 January 2015 17:02

    How can any right thinking man justify the actions of the PSC.

    Reply : 7       15

    Bala Wednesday, 28 January 2015 17:13

    Correct procedure was noy used - that is the real problem here.

    Reply : 4       43

    up Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:14 he has never also been party to the alleged coup conspiracy as "CJ"!!!! Cos he has never been a CJ in the first place...:s

    Reply : 7       53

    General Public Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:16

    Congratulations !!!!

    Reply : 14       49

    Bubble Banda Wednesday, 28 January 2015 17:37

    Our heartful wishes to Madam Shirani Bandaranayake, you are really great and fought for the right.

    Reply : 9       23

    Horri Jimonis Wednesday, 28 January 2015 17:38

    Right chair for the right person. Good luck Madam !!!

    Reply : 9       20

    dulan Wednesday, 28 January 2015 16:26

    The removal of CJ Bandaranayake was illegal hence this is a process done with agreement of the new govt

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    Safeer Wednesday, 28 January 2015 17:12

    It was clearly mentioned in the manifesto of MS regarding the reinstatement of Dr.Shirani Bandaranayaka eventually it was approved by majority of the people , so we must thank new government for fulfilling their promise in this regard.

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    Kiris Baba amaray Wednesday, 28 January 2015 17:41

    UN-like the previous regime, Justice stands first, no room for culprits, hence Madam Shirani Bandaranayake came back to her seat, the whole nation will support her and the Govt. for fulfilling their promises..

    Reply : 10       28

    J Palitha Wednesday, 28 January 2015 17:44

    MR you gave enough headaches for Madam Shirani Bandaranayake, now see Justice won... injustice (you) lost. Learn a good lesson from this Sir.

    Reply : 15       39

    agasthi ranasinghe Thursday, 29 January 2015 04:31

    Way to go....Karma works. Justice served!

    Reply : 1       4

    Swih Thursday, 29 January 2015 06:15

    This is like musical chairs. One govt comes and get who they want. This is the law of Sri Lanka. Blame games are high. The present President was a part to all these, He should be answerable to every thing he complains about. History shows that those who are in power now are excused of corruption. At least you are enjoying the freedom to go about without the fear of terrorism. . A great country with good transport and a clean beautiful country.

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    yogi Thursday, 29 January 2015 09:06

    I just cannot understand how people think. The CJ was appointed by the then President MR. However, since the CJ did not bend to MR and his stooges , they brought some charges against her and the CJ was removed from office. How did MR appoint her as CJ if she or her family had committed anything that was not acceptable in the first place???? Listen to your conscious, dear Sri-lankans before writing damn reports about anything.

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