Tapping of HC Judge's phone/JO calls for inquiry

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The Joint Opposition yesterday urged the government to investigate the alleged tapping of a mobile phone belonging to a senior High Court judge who was a member of the Bench that tried Duminda Silva and others for the murder of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra.

At a media briefing yesterday, Opposition MP Sisira Jayakody said some media sources had reported on Tuesday that the mobile phone of this judge was tapped by the CID.

It was said that President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya had complained to the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) about the phone tapping.

Mr. Jayakody said such acts were unacceptable and a broad and transparent inquiry should be launched.

When Daily Mirror contacted BASL Secretary Amal Randeniya, he said the BASL had received a letter from President’s Counsel Hemantha Warnakulasuriya informing them of the incident.

He had asked the BASL to look into the issue and take appropriate action, Mr. Randeniya said.

While declining to name the judge, he said he said he was a member of the Bench that tried Duminda Silva and eleven others.

He said the BASL's Executive Committee would decide on the action to be taken.

Meanwhile, BASL President Geoffrey Alagaratnam said at a media briefing yesterday that some tapping incidents of mobile phones belonging to judges and magistrates had been reported during the previous government and also after the present government took over. (Piyumi Fonseka)

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  • Sharon Thursday, 29 September 2016 09:34 AM

    Where is Upul J????

    Daily mirror Thursday, 29 September 2016 10:15 AM

    Might this be possible that the tapping has been by the last regime and one person has discovered it. It was the last government who got down these equipment to keep the slaves under surveillance.

    malij Thursday, 29 September 2016 11:21 AM

    If this tapping of phone has really taken place, the first thing they have to do is to lodge a complaint with the police and not the Bar Association. According to the article no one has done that so far. And the country knows what is this controversial judgement is and for whom the learned Counsel Mr. Warnakulasuriya appeared for.

    Ranjan Fernando Thursday, 29 September 2016 02:01 PM

    When the judges of a country begin to bend to the will of politicians without standing up for their own independence, there is very little to complain!

    Lankan Thursday, 29 September 2016 02:47 PM

    Sleeping politicians from previous regime, LOL. When MR did everything was 'ow sir'


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