Wed, 22 May 2024 Today's Paper

Video: Ex-CJ says if not for his order Mahinda won’t be President today

16 October 2012 01:30 am - 137     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva said yesterday that President Mahinda Rajapaksa would not have become the President of Sri Lanka if not for the Supreme Court ruling to release him in the Helping Hambantota case.

Mr. Silva said Mahinda Rajapaksa would not have either been able to contest the  2005 Presidential election or come into power if the Supreme Court bench headed by him did not clear Mahinda Rajapaksa of allegations of misappropriation of Tsunami funds.

“We did this expecting Mahinda Rajapaksa in turn would safeguard the rights of the other people but it is not happening today,” the former CJ claimed.  
“There are many complaints that it was I who was responsible to bring Rajapaksa into power. I admit it since Mahinda Rajapaksa was freed to become president because of this decision by the Supreme Court,” he said.

“President Rajapaksa is now able to carry out wrongful acts because of the order we delivered then,” Silva said.  

Following the Tsunami disaster on December 26, 2004, Sri Lanka received goodwill and financial aid from many foreign countries and in the absence of then President Chandrika Kumaratunga who was on a foreign visit, Mahinda Rajapaksa as the prime minister handled the funds received immediately.

The police initiated investigations against the then prime minister Rajapaska sequel to a complaint made by UNP MP Kabir Hashim that he was siphoning off Tsunami funds into a  private account. Hashim alleged that Rajapaksa was committing a criminal breach of trust and criminal misappropriation. (Susitha R. Fernando)


  Comments - 137

  • rishad Tuesday, 16 October 2012 02:28 AM

    Nothing doing now

    Rushan Hameed Tuesday, 16 October 2012 12:00 AM

    kaamen uthum kaamaya illan kaama...... via DM Android App

    manju Tuesday, 16 October 2012 02:44 AM

    you dont release a person hoping that he will do good. you release a person only if he is NOT guilty. so are you saying that he was released despite being guilty?

    Ruwan Tuesday, 16 October 2012 02:52 AM

    Does it means he has given an order against justice and law?
    in that case it is critical.can some1 explain me.

    Dany Tuesday, 16 October 2012 02:52 AM

    That means you went over the system and gave a verdict? How can you expect someone who swindles people’s money to do the right thing to the very same people? You call yourself CJ????

    Ravi Tuesday, 16 October 2012 03:00 AM

    That means he has not done his job properly. it shows the Sri Lankan judicial System

    Sujith Tuesday, 16 October 2012 03:06 AM

    This states that he was not suited for the position he held.

    AMG Tuesday, 16 October 2012 03:07 AM

    Bitter truth !!!!!!!

    Blue Ribbon Lokka Tuesday, 16 October 2012 03:34 AM

    Mr. ex- CJ Now no point crying over spilt milk

    Impartial Guy Tuesday, 16 October 2012 04:23 AM

    Peoples' blessing is always with you. What people need today is to over throw the current government and introduce a good governance in the country with independent Judicial commission,Police commission and Bribery commission. In order to over throw the government,please get the help of the people of this country and interlectuals.

    kitty Tuesday, 16 October 2012 12:00 AM

    ehemawath kiyamu... via DM Android App

    bandara Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:05 AM

    No point regretting the past.Do something for the future.People are beign robbed in day light. You as a former chief justice and who now says that you made a mistake, please right the wrong before it is too late.

    smn Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:51 AM

    Well. who is guilty now ?

    malkanthi Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:46 AM

    Exactly, a big talker after committing injustice to the nation! Hope others will not follow his foot steps!!

    AMAR Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:52 AM

    Ranil refused to entertained this guy.So he went against UNP. MR refused to entertained him.So he went after him.He just wanted some publicity, that is all.This guy brought judiciary in to crisis. What he has done in the judiciary is very shameful.Every one knows in the judiciary, is is a well known factor that he asked for sexual favors for favors.There are more than that petty issue.As awhole this guy is a nut and white color criminal.

    Real peace Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:55 AM

    The CJ should be charged now for preventing the course of justice!!

    Dr. Roshan Greenwic Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:56 AM

    Respected Ex CJ- If he was found guilty you should have given the judgemnt accordingly and if not found guilty you should have cleared him. Pls tell us is he was found found guilty and yiu relesead against the accepeted norms of law and equality or the other way round......... . Do not onfuse already confused Srilanka- be specific.

    Royalist Tuesday, 16 October 2012 12:00 AM

    That CJ was always bent as a dog's hind leg. via DM Android App

    KP Tuesday, 16 October 2012 06:17 AM

    I thought judiciary deliver verdicts on actual facts and evidences but not on the perceptions of the Judges. In this case it appears that former CJ has acted exceeding his mandate. That explains the present Govt question the former CJ’s integrity during his tenor in office. The Govt has firsthand experience!!!

    mana Tuesday, 16 October 2012 06:18 AM

    You are the one who ruined the balance of power in the country and created this monster juggernaut MR& Co.

    Hettiarachchi Tuesday, 16 October 2012 06:29 AM

    You are partly responsible for the current sirry status of the country since your judgements have paved way fot it.

    tweet@aqular27 Tuesday, 16 October 2012 12:00 AM

    Ah Ah !! Sudhu vaneka watayak yanna aaisaidha malli !!
    We all the the Rajapakses, now they are ruining our beautiful country by filling their personal bank and putting us in further debt. If Mahinda was acused of depositing state funds into personal accounts back in 2005, he is not doing anything different now is he ?? via DM Android App

    sanath R Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:03 AM

    Does this imply that propoer justice was not done and the guilty party was exonerated?? If that is the case then the judicuary was not impartial and the wrong doers were allowed to go scot free. We find it impossible to digest this kind of activity that is deplorable.

    Kelani Putha Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:07 AM

    Shut you mouth ??????????????

    Saradial Tuesday, 16 October 2012 06:59 AM

    I wondering How much he bribed for release him.

    lal Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:01 AM

    What an idiot of a judge and lawyer admitting not doing the right thing in his capacity of a judge? If this is an admission of negligence this man ought to be locked up.

    Saradial Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:09 AM

    Blessing for released him with guilty?

    Duminda De Silva Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:02 AM

    What a shame. I am amazed at how did this guy ended up been the Chief Justice. If his claim is accurate it means he has committed a criminal act during his tenure as CJ. He has failed to investigate the accusations leveled against MR mainly to extract some favors later on.

    JBD Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:10 AM

    How dare you say it? What is the the way we could correct it? Why do you tell us this now? Are you or we responsible for this? Are you or we mad? We general public need good people govern the country for good.

    SAP Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:05 AM

    All the Sarath's seems to find it difficult to shut their mouths

    Saradial Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:14 AM

    Sarath N. Silva, because he didn't his job correctly. Who gave him rights to release a guilty?

    Freelanced Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:16 AM

    So that mean he had manipilated the law according to his wishes - correctly or incorrectly.

    senthilan c. Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:11 AM

    No doubt, the former CJ. He should be made to come out with all the facts surrounding the verdict. He should be answerable to people. It is a breach of trust. Is this the Judicial system prevalent in SL. Shame!

    Saradial Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:20 AM

    After reading this article I lost my confidence on Sri Lankan Justice System.

    summa Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:13 AM

    Is this the person who teaches Buddhism to us over TNL?

    kaputakukula Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:21 AM

    At that time many learned people said that you (Sarath Silva) betraying the country. Now you accept that fact. Your lamenting now will not free you. You will suffer a lot for putting the people to suffer and putting the nation for the present hellistic suffering.

    faz Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:14 AM

    Justice = Help ........ you mean ...Law are only for the ordinary people

    Lalindra Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:14 AM

    This country is still paying dearly for the wrongful decisions given by a Supreme court headed by you. At least now keep your opinions to yourself and shut up!

    Fazli Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:14 AM

    We believe law is equal to everyone . I thought that includes CJ in the first place. You gave a wrong verdict.

    Roshan Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:16 AM

    That means, being a Chief Justice ,you have given wrong and partial judgement. You should be punished.

    Cynic Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:24 AM

    This would have been a "gedera yana gaman" judgement.

    Rom Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:17 AM

    Be carefull putha . Your next !!!!

    Yaseer Arafath Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:57 AM

    With all these odds,Ranil.W still standing very tall.People must realise What ranil did,What is he doing and What is he going to do.his vision for Sri Lanka is very broader and inclusive.

    The Judge Tuesday, 16 October 2012 08:44 AM

    You failed in your obligations to standby Justice! You are to be blamed for creating MR. Now don't blame the Executive.

    political illiterate Tuesday, 16 October 2012 08:47 AM

    Judgements of fancy cannot be Justice and Rule of Law! Justice should be dispensed according to the law of the country at that time and not on Future expectations Honorable Sir.

    HEAMU Tuesday, 16 October 2012 08:50 AM

    How you became CJ - through bribes. Who is guilty now, you or MR. We must punish you according to sinhala law. by hanging your face over a fire. Hereafter do not come to public you nasty fool

    ROGER Tuesday, 16 October 2012 08:52 AM


    Ralph Anthony Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:00 AM

    Well said but too late. You are also at fault for releasing this criminal, which reflects badly on your reputation.

    shan Tuesday, 16 October 2012 08:53 AM

    This is the style of Srilanka judgement.
    How poors are in jail?

    Kumar Tuesday, 16 October 2012 08:54 AM

    What a shame statement by our former CJ./ Was Rajapaksa was guilty & was released by our former CJ

    uaa Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:04 AM

    Yes. Seems like he repents now. Perhaps he has done singlehandedly an irreparable damage to the Sri Lankan democracy, by that and many other subjective decisions.

    Ranjith Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:07 AM

    Bar association ! If you have a backbone file a case against the former CJ for giving a verdict according to his whims & fancies.

    Mevan Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:07 AM

    Haven't you heard the old saying, "once a crook always a crook"
    I listen to your talks on Bhuddhism on TNL. Are you a fit person to deliver these talks.

    JIFFRY Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:08 AM

    So, you have safeguarded a person who mishandled public funds ? then you should be headed for your injustice to the nation and are you not ashamed of telling this ?

    Ranjith Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:11 AM

    What this womanizer is talking about now.........................

    Ranjith Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:14 AM

    S.N does not have even a modicum of brain. He is now talking against himself........What a CJ he must have been

    TM Lal Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:15 AM

    Shouldn't we arrest him and prosecute?

    Ranil Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:11 AM

    So, can't this man jailed for preventing cause of justice????

    Michael Tuesday, 16 October 2012 12:00 AM

    now we are suffering for what he did. very soon he will admit the car incident too. via DM Android App

    Ranil Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:18 AM

    So, you have given the judgments away from the facts.

    Minister Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:18 AM

    Then what about the Diyawanna lane story?

    Thruth Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:28 AM

    I Totally agree with you. BUt as a nation we are just sitting back and watching what is happening without doing anything about it

    Bagalawathie Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:40 AM

    CJ admits that he perverted the course of justice.

    CW Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:39 AM

    If not for Mahinda, you would not be talking like this today. Would be a priosoner in the LTTE jail.

    singing fish Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:44 AM

    Past is past,there is no point in regreting now.

    Lanke Banda Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:45 AM

    This fella is another Politician looking for personal glory

    dalu banda Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:46 AM

    I really appreciate your decision because MR came to power and eradicated the LTTE menace for ever, despite the strong protest from the West.

    Thank you Sir for your good decision. We remember with appreciation what you done and we also understand your concern also very well.

    lion Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:47 AM

    Shame shame leave General other wise you will spoil him too.

    Ranjith Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:56 AM

    Thats why Yaseer Arafath was poisoned

    DharmawansaPDP Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:57 AM

    Best man has given the best judgment. PDP

    Wije Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:59 AM

    As you know law is equal to everyone . Why you release him if guilty.You gave a wrong verdict and dont bost now.

    Kumana Tuesday, 16 October 2012 10:00 AM

    This was the only clean verdict given you being the Chief Justice. The rest all were dreadful.

    Ranjith Tuesday, 16 October 2012 10:03 AM

    All Saraths are same. They will perish because of thefoul & uncontrollable mouth

    Dr.R.Narendran Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:59 AM

    Was he guilty or was he not guilty?

    Citizen Perera Tuesday, 16 October 2012 10:10 AM

    You have given the worst verdict in history of sri lanka.

    Minister Tuesday, 16 October 2012 10:10 AM

    Are you now crying "mea maxima culpa"?

    Henry Tuesday, 16 October 2012 10:06 AM

    This guy is full of CRAP...... Just Shut up without trying to gain media attention!

    Nihal Tuesday, 16 October 2012 10:09 AM

    If Mahinda Rajapakse was not exonerated, today this country would have been divided into 2 or 3 parts, and least the country is SAFE with our president

    Ranjith Tuesday, 16 October 2012 10:10 AM

    Harakiri by EX CJ...what a fool he is

    john rambo Tuesday, 16 October 2012 10:11 AM

    say something stupid and its comes back like a boomerang !

    Ajith Kumara Tuesday, 16 October 2012 10:38 AM

    LOL Guys who come and give religious talks on TV only talk bollocks. Wasalaya

    CW Tuesday, 16 October 2012 10:47 AM

    What about all the other judgements he gave?

    Shams Tuesday, 16 October 2012 10:47 AM

    you are telling this now

    sarath Tuesday, 16 October 2012 10:52 AM

    why dont you say that the judgment on the interpretation of the constitution on calculation of the period of term of CBK's second term. please do not ridicule the system.

    sinha Tuesday, 16 October 2012 10:49 AM

    Ex-CJ did not get is share.

    makalu Tuesday, 16 October 2012 10:49 AM

    Now it is clear the dicisions given by Suprime courts are not according to law,but according to the judges' political thinkings.

    janaka Tuesday, 16 October 2012 10:58 AM

    Does anyone still believe the fat Mahinda could not have placed the money in a central bank account rather than his sister inlaw account in a british bank?

    paddy Tuesday, 16 October 2012 12:42 PM

    Is the CJ saying that he did not carry out his work properly and let a guilty person go free? Is there anyway we can bring the CJ to courts for this?

    garawi Tuesday, 16 October 2012 12:57 PM

    sour grapes!

    Sri Lankan Tuesday, 16 October 2012 12:51 PM

    Very true, however people may forgive you for that, as you acted upon the circumstances of that Era (CBK). However in my personal view in years to come Sri Lankans may not forget the case where you “precedent” a case for opposition members to cross over in the parliament, which will have/has lot of consequences as for this judgment. I.E. 18th Amendment (No term limits for the executive), other urgent bills through the parliament makes a mockery of the peoples choice and democracy.

    Parakrama Tuesday, 16 October 2012 01:05 PM

    Not only you, your entire family also will pay for this even in this birth itself and several births to come for this crime you did for the entire nation.Do not try to hoodwink the nation any more. You released him with aarrangement to become the prime ministe when he becomes the President.Selfish B a tds like you;ll can sell your own people for personal gain.

    Robert Croos Tuesday, 16 October 2012 01:15 PM

    Did not receive what he was promised ; that was the reason for Sarath's street talk.

    Robert Croos Tuesday, 16 October 2012 01:24 PM

    CJ means he can do anything over law if his side is happy.
    Sorry to hear that he is not happy now.

    Les Tuesday, 16 October 2012 01:30 PM

    In other words, Mr. CJ, you are saying that you did not do your job properly! Shame!

    Nandalala Fernando Tuesday, 16 October 2012 01:41 PM

    How JUDGES ARE WORKING IN THE BENCH? Sartah Silva is living Example How equality before the LAW IN PRATICE!.
    So-called Independence Judiciary woks on Sri lankan legal system.

    Lal Tuesday, 16 October 2012 01:53 PM

    Based on this remarks legal experts in this country should investigate the possibility of doing the following : 1. Arrest him and prosecute 2. Invalidate the verdict given by him and back date the invalidation. 3. Re-try MR on those accounts

    citizen Tuesday, 16 October 2012 01:49 PM


    Hubert Tuesday, 16 October 2012 02:03 PM

    God will know what to do to MJ for what he has done.

    Farzan Tuesday, 16 October 2012 02:04 PM

    Not only president, Basil Became a Minister, Chamal became the speaker, Gota became Defence secretary, Shasheendra Became a CM and Namal became an MP because of your order (Coincidences). See how power you were then but not you are now.

    Ranjit Tuesday, 16 October 2012 02:14 PM

    Because of ex-CJ's decision only the UNP lost all its elected members to the Government.

    Nuwan Tuesday, 16 October 2012 02:26 PM

    So does this means that this bench or the committee didn't do their job correctly, how shameful for him to say he released him without investigating, how can we trust a person like this about his integrity

    Nobee Perera Tuesday, 16 October 2012 02:30 PM


    cham Tuesday, 16 October 2012 04:17 PM

    Muta nam pissu.... innakam nithiya wenas karala dan enava kiyawanna

    Lalith Tuesday, 16 October 2012 04:12 PM

    u both a not real sri lankans u both need a bult in your head to for get what u did

    rakesp Tuesday, 16 October 2012 04:53 PM

    toooo late !

    Senna Tuesday, 16 October 2012 04:56 PM

    Thank god Our Country was freed by the President from LTTE Terrorism. All our communities are enjoying freedom now. That is enough after 30 years of suffering. That is enough.

    shamini Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:14 PM

    But not safe from the white van......not safe from IMF .....not safe from Stock Exchange mafia......not safe from Kudu karayas.....not even safe from the "Cost of Living"!!!

    sree Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:21 PM

    your saying has no validity after so many years

    Dilip Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:16 PM

    Yes true. He also would have been single in his life if you didn't broker their marriage life.
    Now you committed 2 Crimes.

    rajiv Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:28 PM

    What a reply by a CJ, will others too say the same after their retirement, or has he become a saint to tell his past mistakes. This goes to show their scale is not neutral. Justice is not same.

    Their should be people to take action against these type of people. It also discredits the current President.

    Upul Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:21 PM

    He is basically admitting that his decision as the CJ on that incident is wrong and biased. So, how can we trust this man. It seems to me that Mr. Silva is crying because he didn't get his share.

    Kay Parker Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:25 PM

    Why do we have stupid and selfish people like you!! you are a shame to Human kind .

    Sam Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:34 PM

    All are liars and thieves! Some are murderers and rapists. Another group is drug dealing and running extortion rackets. What a lovely bunch of coconuts!!!

    ANON69 Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:36 PM

    You screwed 25 million people.

    simon fout Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:39 PM

    Ex Cj shitting on his own face !!

    Nihal Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:37 PM

    Soon he will tell same thing about SF.. who knows this idiot has done how many more thinks like this.. he is one of the worst CJs we had.

    Sandharuwan Tuesday, 16 October 2012 06:09 PM

    It is a shame that he says this and the legal system including the police are quiet. I guess because he is also a Silva, the law applies differently. Like for Mervin Silva, Malaka Silva, Duminda Silva and Nimal Siripala De Silva who gave three months leave for a murderer and mentally unstable politician. What a state of affairs.

    YEHIYA Tuesday, 16 October 2012 06:36 PM

    you made lot of mistake judgement in carrier.

    Sri Tuesday, 16 October 2012 06:44 PM

    One rogue saving another bigger rogue -the tragedy of Sri Lanka! What has become of the 2.4 B$ tsunami fund unaccounted for? Shame on the lot.

    Yuri Tuesday, 16 October 2012 06:49 PM

    No law in this country... all are in one phone call away

    Sri Tuesday, 16 October 2012 06:50 PM

    Poor Manjula Tillekaratne is paying the heavy price!!!

    ranil Tuesday, 16 October 2012 06:57 PM

    ehemawath nokala nam ada apita ratakuth naha, sarath n silwa kenekuth naha, dennatama kotiya gahala wala palle, eka amathaka wunada,.. MR SELFISH,- CJ

    Mahesh Tuesday, 16 October 2012 07:12 PM

    so we can’t trust the SL courts anymore same as SL government. Do we have anyone to tell the injustice happening here ?

    GON WASSI-STUPIDCOW Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:05 PM

    So they are ALL IN IT TOGETHER!!!!

    X Factor Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:14 PM

    I wasn’t aware that the Supreme court can deliver judgements just in favor, not by the lawful means. Which means according to what former CJ said during his time the judiciary was corrupt?

    samba Tuesday, 16 October 2012 09:54 PM

    His judgement must be based on law. If he is not guilty, whether he likes or not he has to give his verdivt accordingly. It seems that this bugger has given verdict based on his persional intension.

    Neil Tuesday, 16 October 2012 11:00 PM

    Seems like he has lost control of his toungue, for a moment.

    Lalith Tuesday, 16 October 2012 11:15 PM

    I thought Supreme Court rulings are made on the points of law at the issues and not influenced by ones biased personal opinion.

    sarath Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:13 AM

    what a joker you are

    sarath Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:23 AM

    he should be charge for contempt of court.

    Nodrog Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:27 AM

    Not only you but the whole country is paying for your mistake.

    makalu Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:41 AM

    Dear Sarath EX CJ.
    In fact, the higher official like you destroyed the value of law. That has led to present anarchy status of the country.

    kk Wednesday, 17 October 2012 02:11 AM

    That is the only good thing you did otherwise prabakaran and ranil will run the country

    kamal Wednesday, 17 October 2012 03:16 AM



    Sammy Wednesday, 17 October 2012 04:47 AM

    Does this mean that the Supreme Court headed by Mr. Sarath Silva had knowingly let a criminal go scott free?

    Thishya Weragoda Wednesday, 17 October 2012 12:21 PM

    "It is therefore thought important to maintain the respect and dignity of the court and its officers, whose task it is to uphold and enforce the law, because without such respect, public faith in the Administration of Justice would be undermined and the law itself would fall into disrepute." ~ per Tilakawardane J. in Croos v. Dabarera [1999 (1) Sri L.R. 205]

    Sri Wednesday, 17 October 2012 05:38 PM

    He was unfit for purpose and taken everybody for a good ride!He perverted the course of justice by his own account and should be tried in a proper court.

Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment