Judicial Service Commission (JSC) Secretary Manjula Tillekaratne said yesterday there was a danger to the security of all of them and their families beginning from the person holding the highest position in the judicial system.
“A situation has arisen where there is a danger to the security of all of us and our families beginning from the person holding the highest position in the judicial system,” Mr. Tillekaratne said.
Denying the allegations levelled against him and the JSC, he said the media statement issued by him on September 18 might have led to a mudslinging campaign against him and the JSC.
“I absolutely reject the malicious and baseless allegations levelled against me and the Judicial Services Commission these days. We see the only reason for this malicious mudslinging campaign was the media statement issued by me on the directions of the Judicial Services Commission,” Mr. Tillekaratne said.
He had earlier issued a media statement criticising the alleged intervention in the judiciary by the executive.
It was also reported that on Wednesday the Cabinet on Wednesday had discussed the possibility of initiating disciplinary action against the JSC Secretary over a complaint.
Meanwhile, the Lawyers Association attached to the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court yesterday staged a protest at Hulftsdorp over the mudslinging campaign against the JSC secretary.
A large number of lawyers who participated in the protest urged the authorities not to interfere in the judiciary saying it could lead to the end of democracy in Sri Lanka.
Association’s Secretary Pradeep Gamage said the Lawyers Association decided to engage in this protest with the objective of safeguarding the independence of the judiciary. “Safeguarding the independence of the judiciary is one of the key responsibilities of the lawyers. So, we request the authorities not to interfere with the judiciary,” Attorney-at-Law Gamage said.
Attorney-at-law Nelson de Silva expressing his views said interference in the judiciary could be considered as the end of democracy. He said JSC secretary Manjula Tillekaratne had rendered yeoman service to the country as the JSC Secretary and as a Magistrate. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)
Vinoth Saturday, 29 September 2012 04:30
The 18th Amendment destroyed the independence of the Judiciary and the Police. Why were you all silent then?
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John ayya Saturday, 29 September 2012 05:07
They cannot do any thing about 18th amendement. At least he talks something now, that is important.
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Kautilya Saturday, 29 September 2012 05:07
Sri Lanka is experiencing the Law of the Rulers and not the Rule of Law.
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sg Saturday, 29 September 2012 05:47
Protecting indepenecy of the judiciary is not only responsibility or duty of the lawyers but al so whole people of Sri Lanka. People mus t take action without ant hesitate in this regard. Becouse this is final stage of the exsisting nominal democracy in the country.
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wick Saturday, 29 September 2012 06:14
Then why is that Female Judge was transferred to seven different locations. There should be a reason.
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Upul Saturday, 29 September 2012 07:51
Your people fall into the trouble even without your knowledge. Happy that even you woke now ??
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GameKolla Saturday, 29 September 2012 09:16
People of this country have realized this interference to the judicial matters long time ago..but JSC was silent at that time..now it has come back to the doctors who prescribed the medicine.
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Sumith Saturday, 29 September 2012 10:02
We salute JSC and secretary for their braveness and courage to issue statement about executive intimidation to the Judiciary Service. Hope they also join with University intellectuals to determine the future of this country. Now government and its big wigs can say this is International conspiracy or Diaspora Tamils behind this. One cannot fool people for ever. Cheers JSC. Long life Sri Lanka.
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Travis Sunday, 30 September 2012 04:10
Wait a few days, the JSC can always be withdrawing his statement, these strange things do happen, ex, Malaga silve, army officer. So let's see the next story, this week.
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Piranha Saturday, 29 September 2012 10:41
An independent judiciary is a big stumbling block to his master plan of becoming the absolute ruler of Sri Lanka forever. If the people don't wake up at least now and block his intentions, Sri Lankans will find themselves living under his brutal dictatoship before long.
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NuwaraEliya Citizen Saturday, 29 September 2012 12:08
GREAT.. Don't allow to interfere judiciary. It happened earlier but why kept silent ? We are happy at least now there is a voice. Other wise it will be the end of the democracy of our country . Wish you all Best of Luck.
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Davis Saturday, 29 September 2012 12:09
This totalitarian regime wants no judicial impediments to its imposition of a 'law of the jungle' on its citizens.
The Divineguma Bill designed to plunder public assets secretly was sent to provincial councils, BUT the Supreme Court failed to remove the Secresy Clause which does not occur in any other constitution.
Such a court is in collusion with state plunder of public assets.
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Nalin Saturday, 29 September 2012 15:44
Sri Lanka should never be allowed to become another Pol Pot regime. Everybody including opposition, religious,and trade unions should get together and fight to safeguard JSC, democracy and equal rights for people.
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King Barnette Saturday, 29 September 2012 16:57
To achiev supremely absolute power the stumling block is the Juduciary.Every global power hungry greedy dog, first attacked the Judiciary and destroyed it prior to assuming the role of the Dictator, to which position Sri Lanka is fast drifting.Evn the very recent Malaka/Sheahan episode though looking simple,is a test to lLankan's reaction by the powers to be. The stumbling block is the masses,whose rate of lieraacy is almost 98% and cannot be fooled enmass. They do not fear to react vociferously or actively against unfair, undemocratic tactics of the powers to be. This is evident through out the country from th city to the most rustic villagers, hesitate not to call a spade a spade..
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shan Saturday, 29 September 2012 18:20
Hats off to JSC and Mr. Tillekerante, People of SL support this brave man, and put a end to the dictatorship. or else all in SL wil SUFFER for the rest of their lives.
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Manik Saturday, 29 September 2012 20:36
I take my hat off to "Daily Mirror" for publishing every detail about the path to dictatorship.
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Janaki Kalansuriya Sunday, 30 September 2012 00:57
I think we have our Bana preaching former CJ to thank for a miscarriage of Justice when he was in power.
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Janaki Kalansuriya Sunday, 30 September 2012 02:19
We have our "Bana Preaching" former CJ to thank for this situation!!
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Kumar Monday, 1 October 2012 02:14
some one is crying foul only when bitten.Dont lift your hats off witout knowing your facts. I have raw facts which speaks the opposite
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