The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) at a meeting with the Attorney General had requested that necessary action be taken to arrest the minister and other suspects who were involved in a mob attack on the Mannar Courts complex.
The BASL president Wijedasa Rajapakse PC said he met the Attorney General at his office and requested him to take necessary action to arrest those involved in the incident including a government minister.
Mr. Rajapakse said all lawyers in the country decided to refrain from carrying out their duties in Courts protest over the mob attack on the Mannar Courts complex. Mr. Rajapakse said the BASL had taken a decision to file contempt of court charges in the Court of Appeal against those involved in the attack.
Work at all Courts in the country came to standstill yesterday after the BASL and Judges Associations refrained from carrying out their normal duties in protest of the threats on Mannar Magistrate by a minister and attack on the Mannar Court complex. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)
When discipline, honesty and transparency is broken on the top, it follows down to the bottom. There should be an end to thuggery and violence and it should start from somewhere.All the people should participate to bring a change in the system.
Shamini Saturday, 21 July 2012 09:18 AM
Correction.....stoning a judge's quarters. In this case, not only has the judge been threatened, his court too has been stoned. UPFA has beaten the other political party hands down!
joker Saturday, 21 July 2012 07:35 AM
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller (1892-1984)
It hurts now doesnt it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 21 July 2012 07:38 AM
When we already have a precedent of an ex-Minister being jailed just for the offence of criticising a judgement, then what is the probloem in arresting and jailing this thuggish Minister who has openly threatened a judge personally. Inaction by the president in this case would surely contribute to increase in lawlessness in the country.
nihu Saturday, 21 July 2012 05:28 AM
yes.................. commity higher that toddy association!!
Saliya Wicks Saturday, 21 July 2012 04:25 AM
Good one, Richardson. The Bar Association is intoxicated.
mp Saturday, 21 July 2012 03:23 AM
do not display ignorance in a public forum!!!!
Nodrog Saturday, 21 July 2012 03:11 AM
Please don't insult dogs as they have better qualities than politicians..
Anuradha Saturday, 21 July 2012 02:42 AM
Your points are valid and we have a serious issue of good governance for a long time.....BUT your argument does not hide the fact that YOU ARE A MUSLIM EXTREMIST
Kautilya Saturday, 21 July 2012 02:36 AM
Ministers,Deputy ministers,PS Chairmans, UC Chairmans,and there goons and Ministry Secretaries are in rampage.A new AG was appointed to take care of them. Miracles of Paradise Island.
Political Illiterate Friday, 20 July 2012 11:31 PM
S B D when commented on judgement from a paddy field in deep down south was charged with contempt of court and incarcerated, probably without civic rights until he bowed down to become a succesful mininster for education. Probably the people involved can aspire very great heights in polics. The way to go! UP and UP. Until Kota uda!
vigilent Friday, 20 July 2012 10:31 PM
this is because he is a politician in opposition. do not imixed up politics with the law of the country. do not have a real gentleman to handle this BASL?
saheer Friday, 20 July 2012 09:46 PM
when the court verdict not to give any post to T.B.Jayasundera,M.R went against the decision.When the Court issue some restriction on the fuel hike,M.R. went against it.To get the favourable decision on Sarath Fonseka's case,M.R. appointed his own judges who could dance to his music.So how come M.R. direct the I.G to look into the case?
Nari Sabry Friday, 20 July 2012 09:26 PM
Cant arrest him because he is Basils pandam..
saranelis aiyya Friday, 20 July 2012 08:49 PM
No my dear. Our country has not gone anywhere. Dogs have come to our country. They are now ruling it.
Ponniah Friday, 20 July 2012 05:33 PM
Jayawewa!!!! to Banana Republic
Richardson Friday, 20 July 2012 11:11 AM
Is Arrack also available at the Bar of the Association
It has any thing to do with the Excise Dept,
balussq Friday, 20 July 2012 04:39 PM
our country has gone to dogs.
Dulip perera Friday, 20 July 2012 03:25 PM
This is contempt, Government, this is youe last chance! ARREST that MINISTER!!!!!! Justice delayed is Justice denied! We do not want Government appointed committees to take over this investigation like similer incidents before that exonerated a famous thug minister from Kalaniya! AG your Shrine has been attacked, your soverignity has been descreted! Should you not act atleast now!!!!!!!!!
Nandalal Fernando Friday, 20 July 2012 02:54 PM
Necessary action is urgent,but without UNP political-orinted propaganda by Wijadasa Rajapakasa
kalutaraboy Friday, 20 July 2012 02:59 PM
Keep Calm and carry on ...boys in Black
senavi Friday, 20 July 2012 01:59 PM
JR legacy lives on
aj Friday, 20 July 2012 01:34 PM
last few month badudin doinf terro wrk in mannar. hw can his group attack police n court. he must arrest.
Aney Machang Friday, 20 July 2012 01:22 PM
Mervyn in Mannar now!
lankaputha Friday, 20 July 2012 12:23 PM
when they play for the tune of big goons, where should the normal syman and sirisens should stage protests please.
Amal Perera Friday, 20 July 2012 12:08 PM
A good resilience test for the newly appointed AG. He has the chance in his hand to prove his efficiency. Keen to know how it'll turn out to be!
Keith Friday, 20 July 2012 12:12 PM
One of the slogans of MR campaign was stoning a judge during JR Jayawardene era..... If you really want to prove yourself, Mr MR, arrest Rishard Badurdeen.....
Game Kolla Friday, 20 July 2012 11:56 AM
Please make sure that enforce maximum punishment for those involved in this mob attack, irrespective their position or status.