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I nominated the most senior and experienced SC Judge: MS

12 October 2018 04:51 pm - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


For the first time in Sri Lanka's judicial history I have nominated the most senior and experienced Supreme Court Judge to the post of Chief Justice, President Maithripala Sirisena said.

He said this at a ceremony held at ‘Ape Gama’ in Battaramulla where letters of appointment were handed over to Regional Forest Officers and the Productivity Awards of the Mahaweli Development and Environment Department.

The President said in several instances in the past the Heads of State had appointed Chief Justices not on merit but on political, personal or party considerations.

“The Supreme Court judges met me soon after I returned from Seychelles early this week and urged me to nominate the most qualified and senior judge of the Supreme Court as the Chief Justice. They said by doing so the career judges would nurse the confidence that they too will stand the chance of being appointed to the post sans undue influence,” he said.

He said he did not submit several names to be considered for the post of CJ but only the name of an official who had served the judiciary for 38 years and 11 months having served as a President of a Labour Tribunal and risen from the ranks to Sri Lanka's apex court. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

  Comments - 14

  • DHA Friday, 12 October 2018 05:16 PM

    I guess you went by the policy "Older the bull harder the horn...."

    Dhammika Friday, 12 October 2018 05:39 PM

    An excellent and a timely decision .

    CLS Friday, 12 October 2018 05:53 PM

    You also appointed candidates who lost the election to the parliament in 2015

    Dhammika Saturday, 13 October 2018 08:54 PM

    TRUE , MS as Prez will regret dearly for it.

    Mandy Friday, 12 October 2018 06:16 PM

    Most Senior is one quality and Most Qualified another. Seldom do these two be of same one judge. Hence request for two names and CC to decide which better to accept. Usual rhetoric.

    Vernon Friday, 12 October 2018 06:51 PM

    Then why are you appointing some highly unsuitable and boot-lickers to ambassador posts? CJ Dep kept the dignity and respect of the post

    Janaka from Matara Friday, 12 October 2018 07:31 PM

    Lets learn to call a good deed a good deed. On this instance The President has done the right thing.

    rawana Friday, 12 October 2018 08:15 PM

    You may be a relative of this currupted judjes, boot likers.You already know that this president is the most uncapable person ever elected for the post, with the support from people like you idiots. Because of people like your not knowing about the world, about the country, we all have to suffer.

    Joker Friday, 12 October 2018 08:36 PM

    He is supposed to do the right thing all the time. Not once in a while.

    Martin Milton Friday, 12 October 2018 08:12 PM

    This is certainly NOT the first time that the most senior and deserving person was appointed as CJ in Sri Lanka as I hear! Once again ignorance seems to be certainly bliss ...for certain people..MM

    Nandimitra Friday, 12 October 2018 08:23 PM

    Finally something absolutely right. Well done Mr. President

    Gamaya Friday, 12 October 2018 09:53 PM

    Nothing to crow about! You were voted by us for good governance.

    TONY Sunday, 14 October 2018 12:19 PM


    Rasheed Monday, 15 October 2018 11:34 AM

    Even the present IGP was praised when he was appointed.

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