Last Updated : 20-08-2014 19:36

 

 
 

Impeachment passed

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After two days of debating, the controversial impeachment motion against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was today passed in Parliament with a two-thirds majority with 155 MPs voting for the motion and 49 against. Twenty members were absent at the time of the voting.  

The government members voted for the motion while the United National Party (UNP) and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MPs voted against the motion. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) MPs walked out of parliament at the start of the debate.

According to Standing Order 78(A) section 7, once the motion is passed in Parliament the Speaker would have to present the motion to the President of behalf of Parliament. Thereafter according to Article 107(2) of the Constitution the Chief Justice has to be removed by an order of the President.

According to government sources the resolution adopted by Parliament was sent to the President last night further action.

Meanwhile, at the conclusion of the debate on the impeachment motion last evening, UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella raised a point of order objecting to the vote being taken. Mr. Kiriella pointed out that the taking up of the vote had not been included in the day’s parliamentary agenda and therefore not voting could take place. UNP MPs Dayasiri Jayasekera and Ajith P. Perera also supported the point of order raised by Mr. Kiriella.

Considering the submissions made by the opposition, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa suspended the sittings for 10 minutes. But, when the sittings resumed the Speaker announced that the vote could go ahead according to the Standing Orders.

The final day’s debate on the impeachment motion started in Parliament yesterday, with the opposition raising concerns about the presence of a large number of government supporters at the entrance to the parliamentary complex.

At the start of day’s business, Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga said the presence of such a large crowd poses a threat to the lives of opposition MPs on their way back home after the end of day’s sessions.

He said the crowd was an obstruction to the MPs who arrived in Parliament to participate in the debate. Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa said he would definitely look into the matter, and make sure anything untoward would not happen. The crowd had been transported to the area around the parliamentary complex in state-owned buses, apparently as a show of strength in support of the impeachment of the Chief Justice.

On behalf of the government, Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena started the debate on the impeachment motion, and accused the Chief Justice of financial and administrative wrongdoings. UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella who also served the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) that probed charges, said the Chief Justice was not given a fair hearing during the process, which he said remained fundamentally flawed. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)

 
 

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-0+1 # chamila 2013-01-11 05:30
I feel helpless citizen..
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# rashi 2013-01-11 05:30
mage ratata dalada himi saranai....
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-1+27 # ranish 2013-01-12 05:30
it's really disappointing the way this country is being ruled. Malinda and company are acting like bunch of lunatics. he got a wonderful opportunity to lift the country up but he is messing it up. shame on you Mahinda, shame on ministers and ruling MPs, shame on people who voted for them.
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-1+5 # rate modaya 2013-01-12 05:30
naduth hamuduruwange baduth hamuduruwange
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-2+8 # never forgive 2013-01-12 05:30
f@#* this country another traitoring land
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-0+1 # jana 2013-01-12 05:30
Ya we deserve more
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-20+25 # Lobo 2013-01-12 06:25
This was a foregone conclusion. CJ's fate was sealed the day she joined hands with the Clan. She knew what she was getting herself into but the perks probably offset the risks. But still a shame whats going on.
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-13+43 # Janaki Kalansuriya 2013-01-12 06:29
Take a lesson all goons. This is what will happen if you disagree with Chirang Jayathu!
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-6+37 # aroosh 2013-01-12 09:46
you don't know what will happen to you in future
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-0+1 # Janaki Kalansuriya 2013-01-12 16:09
How true. Cowards die a thousand deaths!
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-9+102 # tharma 2013-01-12 06:40
Mervyn will be next chief justice. Court will be under mango tree
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-1+12 # Justin 2013-01-12 12:52
Last nail has hit to the coffin, yes now over to you Mervin and ok boss team to look after our judiciary system.
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-11+86 # Parakrama 2013-01-12 06:49
Today it is a new Sri Lanka! Yesterday was the the end of democracy. Now let the killings and persecution of those who apposed the impeachment begin. I
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-10+71 # hks 2013-01-12 06:50
But what will happen to SRI LANKA at the Geneva meeting to be held in March?
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-35+14 # kalana 2013-01-12 08:56
what GENEVA will do...
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-8+49 # abunawaz 2013-01-12 09:15
We can have the same bailla,,,Geneva is western conspiracy...Backed by LTTE bla..bla...
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-2+35 # Deepal 2013-01-12 07:06
125 MP's signed a petition against the CJ and voted in Parliament. The MP's have not stated the market value of the house the CJ purchased on behalf of her sister and the amount she paid for it for us to know whether she has misused her position.
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-6+63 # Mahehs 2013-01-12 07:08
RIP Sri Lanka.
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-8+62 # RIF 2013-01-12 07:08
11/13 Black Day of Sri Lanka
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-3+41 # H J Selvin Peter 2013-01-12 07:18
Now the Sri lankan rabits have only three legs.
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-2+18 # Cricket Fan 2013-01-12 07:23
Now what......
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-6+67 # Nal 2013-01-12 07:32
very distressing and disgusting....having casted my vote for the first time in my life as an eligible citizen i feel so guilty of voting in favour of mahinda rajapaskhe for presidency....empty vessels make the most sound....
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-1+30 # abunawaz 2013-01-12 09:20
sorry it is too late..
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-74+18 # John 2013-01-12 07:43
Shirani richly deserved this
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-3+34 # Nihal Amarasekera 2013-01-12 07:44
Shudder to think of the consequences. Caravan is bulldozing through.
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-2+50 # ANTON 2013-01-12 07:50
Passed in the parliament but failed in srilanka.
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-0+21 # Hiru-Nikan 2013-01-12 08:00
Ha, ha, now what?. We will wait and see!!!.
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-5+60 # Lucky Weeramantry 2013-01-12 08:05
Failed State. Everything Is In A Mess. All This Is Politics.. Undemocratic Moves. Sad To Be A Sri Lankan
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-4+48 # joee 2013-01-12 08:09
I am deeply concerned by the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice , which was conducted in defiance of a Supreme Court order.
This will lead to separation of powers in Sri Lanka and the impact of its absence on democratic institutions.
GOOD BYE DEMOCRACY.
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-2+36 # Thomas RangerThomas 2013-01-12 08:19
Who will be the 'henchiya' who will be crowned CJ
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-2+35 # Sumanasiri 2013-01-12 08:26
Now the only thing that remains to be seen is who will be the winner as the champion bootlicker in the legal community?
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-8+37 # Machan 2013-01-12 08:48
Time is ripe for sanctions from the US and EU.
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-13+5 # Jayanimala 2013-01-12 12:43
What have they got to do with Sri Lanka ? They have to mind their own business.
CJ cheated and got ousted. Oyata mala ney ?
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-1+7 # Black 2013-01-12 13:54
Stupid nationalistic thinking. Actually, stupid thinking in general.
CJ cheated and got ousted? The whole debate is that we will never know if this in fact happened because there was NO FAIR HEARING. What if it was you in this position? Stop being so ignorant.
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-3+46 # padma 2013-01-12 08:51
Dear Madam
Don’t give up the battle till the truth will prevail someday we are with you.
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-3+35 # Ranjit Wicks 2013-01-12 08:54
The Rule of Law has now been changed to Law of the Jungle by Rajapakse regime as Sri Lanka is heading for anarchy.
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-19+4 # dilanka 2013-01-12 09:25
WW - speech was spectacular!!
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-23+5 # Asoka Jayawardane 2013-01-12 09:39
"Kalu galaka oluwa gaha gaththaama mokada wennay kiyala dannay natuwa athi
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-2+30 # Girigoris 2013-01-12 09:42
Sri Lanka became an anarchy with effect from 11th January 2013
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-1+15 # Vernon 2013-01-12 09:44
What is the use of parliament debating these things and taking a vote? The voting is not an individual vote, and each member has to vote what the party has decided.
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-1+20 # Clifford 2013-01-12 09:57
it is just the beginning towards another dictatorship in this country, worst scenario are yet to follow. The most funniest thing I noticed was that it was only yesterday that the celebrations was held with lighting of fire crackers and Kiribath as the occasion before was to celebrate the death of Prabakaran. its been done for a Sinhalese Sri Lankan National I guess for the first time.
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-1+8 # Black 2013-01-12 13:56
i agree. The celebrations were uncalled for. even if the allegations were true against the CJ, it is not a celebration to get her evicted. This impeachment is not a victory for the people in any sense of the word.
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-3+28 # Athula 2013-01-12 09:59
I think It's privileged to be for me to be a citizen of another country.I foresaw things ten years ago and migrated to another country with my family.But what a beautiful country to be born with Sri Lanka , ruined sadly by stupid politics though.
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-1+2 # Athula 2013-01-12 10:07
She should have been sacked a decent way if she had done something wrong,
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-0+0 # Therese Cooray 2013-01-12 10:41
Now a pardon will be given in a few years time?
TMAC
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-3+16 # Thomas 2013-01-12 11:05
The Darkest Day of Sri Lanka, JUSTICE is buried.
What 's the Next move?
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-0+13 # Grama Sevaka 2013-01-12 11:15
Everything was done according to the constitution. MR has the 2/3 power and he used it. Chief Justice tasted what the ordinary citizens taste everyday. If the CJ blocked the divineguma bill for the sake of Sri Lankan people then hats off to her; if not then I don't care. Because no one cares about us.
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-1+6 # Nihal Amarasekera 2013-01-12 11:18
What if the most unexpected happens and president asks CJ to carry on regardless?
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-0+5 # Upali 2013-01-12 11:55
Hi Hopes!!!!
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-6+2 # Sapumal Bandara 2013-01-12 12:20
MR is very capable of doing it. Don't ever under estimate MR. He is a 'one of its class' man.
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-0+4 # Jayanimala 2013-01-12 12:49
Hi Upali....are you greeting a person called Hopes, or did you mean, "high hopes" ?
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-2+6 # modaya 2013-01-12 11:44
After going through the frustrated and emotional comments made by the viewers, I just felt how shortsighted these people are.. Everybody knows the outcome of the conflict, but kept on dragging it into this predicament. Nothing will happen my friends the situation will get normal... No lawyer is strong enough to challenge the government,,, If they so, they will be trapped for tax frauds which they are famous for....
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-1+8 # Dicky 2013-01-12 12:56
Don't forget the power of the "Invisible Force" above, who watches over everything and everyone. At the appropriate time, HE gives HIS judgement and that, my dear friends, can be most devastating and will be recorded in history forever!
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-0+0 # modaya 2013-01-13 09:56
what do you mean by devastated.... Do you think the public will start violent protests to safeguards lawyers???? . What nonsense, nobody will support lawyers since they are a set of greedy hawks who skillfully scrapped money of their clients up to the last penny inhumanly... They don't consider human factor... what bothers is money.... If paid well, any rogue could easily getaway from any allegation, irrespective of the nature of crimes.. This is one of the crucial point to increase crimes in the country....
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-0+5 # hks 2013-01-12 12:36
Though the incumbent Govt. has won the BATTLE easily( as everybody expected) it will be not that easy to win the WAR!
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-17+1 # van de camp 2013-01-12 12:42
very good decision,it was peoples wish ,hats off
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-10+1 # hashhhsl 2013-01-12 12:46
I'm no supporter of this government. Just one question... the same people who asked for CJ's removal and blaming MR for not removing her at the time of her husband's dealing are now supporting her and blaming MR for removing her.

Both the supporters and opposition are only here for their selfish agenda.

Otherwise how can CJ be bad three months back and now so good?
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-0+7 # Anderezja 2013-01-12 13:29
Why was she not removed by the government at the time of her husband's dealing but only after she gave a ruling against Basil's bill? That's what all a fair share of the citizens are worried about!
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-0+5 # Black 2013-01-12 14:01
don't confuse the protests against the unfair impeachment process with protests in support of the CJ. I have no favour for the CJ - if she is guilty she should ofcourse be impeached. It should however be done properly and constitutionall y. The sad thing is how the whole thing was handled.
The parliament could have easily adhered to the SC ruling...it merely said that the investigations and proof of the misbehviour of the CJ should be provided for in LAW and not standing order. But they are too egoistic to bow down to the SC. It;s just a power game to them
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-0+0 # ling 2013-01-12 16:20
@black, if u r the employer do you let your employee rule u.The whole saga let us understand SC is just a employee, so wake up.
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-0+0 # ling 2013-01-12 16:23
Aiyo, most r angry comments, hey opportuntists try to catch another traitors, quite alot here. I am going to eat my kiribath.
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-8+0 # anura 2013-01-12 12:46
Madam ,now it is time to go. No question that the method used to remove you from the post was not correct. But unfortunately that is what states in the present constitution. The flaws in the present constitution regarding the method to remove a chief justice has to be reexamined and and has to be amended.
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-12+1 # fred 2013-01-12 12:52
My friends, do not despair! Remember what our Beloved Leader said not so long ago? 'I am also a lawyer, I will protect the independence of the judiciary" or something like that. Surely, he won't let us down. And remember, his son is also a lawyer. So, we have two people to provide protection. Could you ask for anything more?
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-0+2 # Jagath Leanage 2013-01-12 16:28
His son a lawyer? Wihthout learning Law? How come?
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-0+2 # ANTON 2013-01-12 17:42
Similar to the way MerviN got PHD.
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-0+0 # Hitler 2013-01-13 14:02
Bro.. this is the real awkward :/
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-4+1 # Skip 2013-01-12 13:14
All the now can go back to work, wrtting was on the wall, pity they didn't see it and wasted every body's time as usual.
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-1+1 # rehan 2013-01-12 14:05
why was she bought in, in the first place ?????????????? if ur corrupt join hand if ur not face the music ela ela
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-1+1 # Ranbanda 2013-01-12 14:36
Nation must look for the future and avoid similar situations
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-1+0 # Thisal 2013-01-12 16:05
U.S. Has Lost another pay Spy.
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-0+1 # saddha 2013-01-12 16:13
BATTLE ENDS,TROUBLE LOOMS??????????
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-0+0 # Sammy 2013-01-12 18:36
The impeachment maybe a foregone conclusion but the battle was fought well by Shirani and hats off to her for this. It has been a moral victory for her. The international exposure is of consequence. Why did JVP chicken out, after all their big talk?
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-0+0 # Hitler 2013-01-12 18:49
I wish I could have been alive. I had one missal left :/
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-0+0 # Jayantha 2013-01-12 20:52
Time to stop all foreign investments coming into Sri Lanka.
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-0+0 # Sinhaleese lay 2013-01-13 02:37
Majority is with you sir....Buddist blood is with you..sir...let's crush the minority...
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