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Those who criticize, ridicule judiciary should be punished: PM

11 February 2019 08:54 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Those who criticize and ridicule the judiciary should be punished, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said over the weekend.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe expressed this sentiment during the opening of a new Pradeshiya Sabha in Niyangama, Galle on Saturday.

“One can give his or her opinion on certain judgements but it is not fair to ridicule judges by talking of their ethnic group religion caste or creed,” the Prime Minister said.

“Some say Buddhist judicial officers are not given priority when appointments are being made. I looked into this issue and found out that the majority of them were Buddhists while there were two Catholics,” he added.

He said various powerful people in the past used to call judicial officers and threaten them if they did not give verdicts they want, but this government had changed everything.

“Professor G. L. Peiris recently said he will go to Courts and see that the provincial election is held. He is saying it because he has faith in the judiciary.” the Prime Minister said.

Mr. Wickremesinghe then focused on the 19th Amendment. Accordingly, he said many countries have decided to adopt such legislation. He said most of these countries have commended on the Constitutional Council. The CC is independent as no party holds a majority.

He said in some countries the CC members are appointed by the Legislature or by the Senate. However, independence cannot be maintained that way.(Yohan Perera)

Pix by Pradeep Pathirana


Pix by Pradeep Pathirana

  Comments - 6

  • RoaringCreek Monday, 11 February 2019 09:11 AM

    Sorry sir, the are your friends this statement is part of the game. We have had enough of these empty statements. Now I do not hear you speak of looters anymore. Why?

    Summa Monday, 11 February 2019 09:41 AM

    I beg your pardon Sir,Sorry, but then you'll have to convict over 75% of the SriLankan population. Then, there'll hardly be anyone to vote for you corrupted lot.

    mario Monday, 11 February 2019 11:32 AM

    I Think Ranjan Ramanayake in Trouble

    Misleading! Monday, 11 February 2019 12:42 PM

    The headline is clearly misleading

    Ranjit Monday, 11 February 2019 06:16 PM

    Why are you silent when "loka-sena" is criticising and ridiculing you and your party?

    Angoda Bakka Wednesday, 13 February 2019 07:12 AM

    And, those who rob the Central Bank and suppress evidence should be appointed as Prime Minister

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