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14 February 2017 09:48 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The government has made contradictory statements regarding the appointment of High Court Judge Ramanathan Kannan making one wonder whether it was a political appointment, former MP G L Peiris said today.

He said he had previously practised as a lawyer in the Baticaloa courts.

“Justice Minister Wejeyadasa Rajapakshe had said recently that political party was keen on appointing the particular person to the position," Mr. Peiris said.

He said the Judicial Services Association (JSA) had met the Chief Justice who had reportedly said Mr. Kannan was nominated by President Maithripala Sirisena.

“The Chief Justice had revealed that the president appointed Mr. Kannan as a HC judge on a request made by the Sri Lanka Bar Association but it later claimed that it had not made such a request. It is a mystery how the appointment was made,” he said. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 6

  • Mason Wednesday, 15 February 2017 06:32 PM

    Well, if MR could appoint his friend and supporter as Chief Justice, there appears no harm in this appointment. Professor don't try to make a mountain out of a mole hill !

    Ram Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:52 PM

    Mr. Peiris has just wake up from a long lasting coma????So what about the appointments made during his???I think there is a political motive behind his statement, but not in this appointment!!!

    Ram Wednesday, 15 February 2017 11:47 PM

    Has Mr.Pieris just woke up from a long lasting COMA???What about the appointments made during his time? The only thing that is politically motivated is his statement!!!

    Kaboos Wednesday, 15 February 2017 07:58 AM

    The Bar and the Bench should work together otherwise no way forward.

    mal Wednesday, 15 February 2017 08:46 AM

    So during your time of appointing judges it was not politically motivated???

    Smartgent Thursday, 16 February 2017 09:39 AM

    G.L. I feel you should retire from politics and go home. However much you keep shouting, no one takes you seriously now.


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