Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) member and UNP Parliamentarian Lakshman Kriella said they reject the PSC report submitted to parliament this morning by Committee Chairman, Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa.
He siad that the submission of the report should be hailed as a world record due to the swiftness of the committee proceedings.
"We, as members of the PSC were given documents on the December 5, while CJ Shirani Bandaranayake was given documents that comprised of nearly 1000 pages on December 6 and was asked to return the next day with a prepared defense. On December 5, we were only given a list of documents and there was no mention of a list of witnesses despite repeated calls by us for one. Suddenly the PSC, without the opposition members and the Chief Justice, had come to its own conclusion and submitted a report today which speaks of bias. It was submitted in record speed baffling any rational thinking citizen. We reject the report and the proceedings in its entirety" he said.
Kiriella also said that it was clear from the start of the proceedings of the PSC that the government was on a witch-hunt.
" This was not an inquiry it was an inquisition. It was obvious that the government was on witch-hunt against the Chief Justice right from the beginning. We couldn't speak about this as members of the PSC which is why we decided to walk out of it and tell the country what really was taking place" he said.
Meanwhile, PSC member and JVP MP Vijitha Herath also expressing his views said, he believes the entire process was biased against the Chief Justice and did not conform to even the basic tenets of a fair and impartial inquiry.
“This is why we all put forward certain conditions in order to ensure that the process and mechanism is free and fair. However it was not to be so. It was a one-sided affair where the complainant was the judge and the jury all in one," Herath said adding, the process was fast forwarded to suit the expectations of the government and it was beyond belief as to how such conclusions were reached.
Herath called on the citizens of the country including professionals from all strata to rally against this draconian decision, in order to safe guard democracy, rule of law and the independence of the judiciary of this country.
“ All three tenets of a basic civilized society were violated through this process and this is an indictment on the citizens of this country. Therefore we call upon all citizens of this country to agitate against this very grave and serious violation which could lead to a breakdown in civil society itself” he said. (Hafeel Farisz)
Comments - 30
conty Monday, 10 December 2012 04:16 AM
Sorry you are wrong in blaming the govt. blame yourself for blindly voting. The nation celebrated at the end of the last election for returning the savior of the nation for defeating the LTTE now the story is different is it not so? "The Blame Game"
conty Monday, 10 December 2012 04:21 AM
If Shirani B has committed a crime then she must be tried but by an unbiased and impartial justice system for the sake of the nation's future.
gamith Saturday, 08 December 2012 09:55 PM
A circus with its jokers, the ultimate humiliation to mother Lanka. The govt should govern the country instead of creating side shows and circuses, the people are suffering in the meantime.
Ravi Saturday, 08 December 2012 10:05 PM
Do we need the CJ position any more? Let PSC handle the entire Court system as they are more efficient.
ponil Saturday, 08 December 2012 10:45 PM
as sarath F this lady is another biggest losers.Sin aney..
Rohana Sunday, 09 December 2012 05:02 PM
You are the idiot not them. It was a good thing they were there now we have 4 mps who witness what happened.
DM why did not you put my comment?
Calistus Jayatilleke Sunday, 09 December 2012 02:35 AM
All what this so called PSC has done is to show the whole world how this government is killing Democracy in the country, with a President who is gone mad with absolute power and thinking of himself as a King. Those who served in this committee as government members are the worst forms of human beings who will do any bidding from their master to retain their positions. Such backboneless men are a disgrace for the whole nation.
roochshiam Sunday, 09 December 2012 02:58 AM
Shame on the govt for making us the laughing stock of the World
Hardball Sunday, 09 December 2012 03:15 AM
it is time for the opposition to educate the masses on where Sri Lanka is heading for politically and economically. Get a good leaser and the massed on to the streets before it is too late.
ORANGE Sunday, 09 December 2012 05:44 AM
ALL THE GOVNMNT PSC ARE WITH COMPUTER BRAIN AND ARE NOW FASTER THAN THE COMPUTER WITH HIGH TECH SOFTWARE INSTALLED FOR QUICK DECISION ON THEIR BEHALF, VERRRRY GOOD, NOW THE BRAIN DEVELOPMENT BEFORE THE COUNTRY DEVELOPMENT.
Dutugemunu1emunu1 Sunday, 09 December 2012 06:01 AM
Will opposition take this chance ?There will be ample support from various layers of the society
Cobbler Saturday, 08 December 2012 12:14 PM
These PSC clowns should be sent to the Courts to clear the backlog of cases fast.
senevi Sunday, 09 December 2012 07:45 AM
Not only you... all the peace and justice loving people will reject it and will wait to show our feelings in the future...
patana Saturday, 08 December 2012 12:23 PM
Now we'll sit back and see which of the two nationally important reports are acted upon first. The LLRC or the comic PSC on the CJ.
Imran Hussein Sunday, 09 December 2012 08:25 AM
If GLP sees your name you will see the division.
merril Sunday, 09 December 2012 10:00 AM
Finally the seven Clowns of the Govt. sent the Snowhite Shirani home.
perumal Sunday, 09 December 2012 10:45 AM
Army Commander or the Chief Justice would never speak for you but Students! surely they would as usual!!
Don Saturday, 08 December 2012 02:31 PM
As well as rejected by the whole country !
sam Saturday, 08 December 2012 02:33 PM
Why the hell did you idiots sit in the committee if you didn't know what the process was going to be?
Dr Mervin Silva Saturday, 08 December 2012 02:45 PM
I want to be on the Next Parliamentary Select Panel!!
wiser Saturday, 08 December 2012 03:19 PM
These clowns only lick their master's feet. They are just robots on remote controls. And.. you and I thought that their master will run this country well, simply because he won the war. Lunatics us.
Lobo Saturday, 08 December 2012 03:35 PM
If only they could act as fast on other matters too.
Jim k Saturday, 08 December 2012 03:32 PM
Where are we heading for. Shame on us.is this the chintanaya we were waiting .
Gal kollek Saturday, 08 December 2012 03:49 PM
Those who try to devide this country should learn a lesson from this.
shantha Saturday, 08 December 2012 04:10 PM
Whare is Budhubala sena - they are the # 1 one tererist now a days
NAREN Saturday, 08 December 2012 04:12 PM
VERY WELL SAID PATANA... THE LLRC REPORT OR THE OSC REPORT...
Game Pappa Saturday, 08 December 2012 04:15 PM
First they came for the Army commander, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't an army commander.
Then they came for the students, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a student.
Then they came for the CHIEF JUSTICE, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a CHIEF JUSTICE.
Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.
adz Saturday, 08 December 2012 04:43 PM
Have you ever heard a Sri Lankan Minister's house raid by inland revenue officer ?
Srima Athuraliya Saturday, 08 December 2012 04:43 PM
Now we feel Idi Amin is not so bad, because he did not go down to such low levels. I do not belive no Joker rediculed a Country as much as ours, in the entire Universe. God save former democratic Sri Lanka.
conty Monday, 10 December 2012 04:07 AM
My guess is that you are wiser now & have reservations about the cross you put against a name or a party!!!!!!!!! May be many have to think like you to make a difference.
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