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Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake has asked for a further five weeks to send ‘a detailed response’ to the 14 charges made against her in an impeachment motion, Daily Mirror learns.

In her written request forwarded through the law firm ‘Neelakandan and Neelakandan Associates’ informed the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) the CJ said she had sent a ‘limited response’ to the charges on November 20.

She said November 30 deadline to file answers was not sufficient for the purpose, and therefore asked for a further five weeks.

She denied all the allegations made against her in the resolution signed by 117 Government members. It is also learnt that she had raised concerns about the failure by the PSC to give her some details required to provide an in-depth response.

Meanwhile, the PSC chaired by Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa will start investigations into these charges today in the parliament complex.  The committee members have been kept informed about it.

The PSC has powers to make inquiries into these charges and submit its findings to Parliament for a resolution to be adopted.  The committee comprises seven representatives from the government and four from the opposition.  The opposition members have requested Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa to suspend PSC proceedings by at least by one month after the budget debate. They handed over their letter in this regard to the Speaker on Friday. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 41

  • Jeewan Tuesday, 04 December 2012 08:12 AM

    Re- incaranation of Prabhakaran. Emperess of 13A.

    Al Ponzo Tuesday, 04 December 2012 06:20 AM

    Read the article again.. she is asking for 5 weeks... not 5 months...

    arun Tuesday, 04 December 2012 06:27 AM

    Before deliver the verdict of the 'Divi Neguma' if CJ thought benefit of our country she won't face such a situation..................

    Mervin Ayya Tuesday, 04 December 2012 06:25 AM

    Read the article carefully before asking questions and jumping to your conclusion. And this is far beyond an average charge sheet as well. Open your mind (not just eyes) and look around to see what is happening.

    Andrew Pitugala Tuesday, 04 December 2012 06:26 AM

    There are several charges and all of them are serious hence it is only fair and reasonable that the CJ is granted sufficient time to respond.

    Fernando Tuesday, 04 December 2012 06:46 AM

    What are you talking about? There is no 'NORMAL' thing in this country. Everything is in a mess.

    conty Tuesday, 04 December 2012 07:31 AM

    Al Rasa, She asked for 5 weeks not 5 months there is a big difference. Please read the article again.

    Migara Tuesday, 04 December 2012 07:28 AM

    I hope some wise man will stop this madness..please do not destroy the law and order in this country ...

    Lecturer Tuesday, 04 December 2012 07:47 AM

    Not five months fool. CJ is asking for only five weeks

    sad story Tuesday, 04 December 2012 07:49 AM

    it's 5 weeks not 5 months

    Sonali De Silva Tuesday, 04 December 2012 07:57 AM

    5 weeks Mr Rasa. How sure are you about the 14 days anyway.

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 04 December 2012 06:19 AM

    The charge sheet contains 14 charges and not one or two. Allowing 5 months is justifiable given the nature of the charges and the esteemed position the accused holds (remember this is not something like Mervyn assaulting jounalists under a camera and still getting away with it) unless as usual the accussers have some notorious agenda which is now becoming a common practice of the Sri Lanka regime under MR.

    C. Seneveratne Tuesday, 04 December 2012 08:21 AM

    When it is a complicated charge and a bulling tactic how can any one reply in 14 days.

    ajith Tuesday, 04 December 2012 09:44 AM

    Its not 5 months, its 5 weeks....We are good in coming into conclusion, without even knowing the facts....

    AW Tuesday, 04 December 2012 10:23 AM

    its " further five " so she is asking for more than additional month than a average citizen

    galapitamada Tuesday, 04 December 2012 10:54 AM

    When they took many months to charge how magic is it to respond in 5 weeks this is the work of criminals to protect their vested charges

    Ryan Tuesday, 04 December 2012 11:13 AM

    Difficult to digest drimes committed. Make sure she does not flee the country like Sicilia did.

    A Lawyer Tuesday, 04 December 2012 11:17 AM

    Has our CJ misbehaved a decimal, comparing to corrupt politicians

    Welik Wednesday, 05 December 2012 03:50 AM

    If rules of natural justice are not followed by PSC towards CJ, What kind of a country are we living in ?
    This matter should be taken to International Tribunals.
    Today, under this government, criminals and gangsters get a much better deal before the law.

    Silas Wednesday, 05 December 2012 04:58 AM

    Please don't waste your time...its not like they're going to read your response...

    Chryshan K Wednesday, 05 December 2012 05:29 AM

    Yeh why not. Former CJ in Parliament grounds.

    C.A. Lee Tuesday, 04 December 2012 03:27 AM

    These charges are 'pruthagjana' cases if raised against politicians. 'criminal' when raised againt CJ.

    Rubert Vanderkoon Tuesday, 04 December 2012 01:50 AM

    No point ma'am, fighting a losing battle. You are not whiter than white either, may be it is a good lesson for future judges.

    Cobra Tuesday, 04 December 2012 01:55 AM

    And they should be magnanimous and comply, if not those who impeached the CJ are a bunch of imbeciles!!!

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 04 December 2012 02:34 AM

    "Antho Jata Bahi Jata". What a mess the government has got into!

    Padma Tuesday, 04 December 2012 02:52 AM

    Dear Madam
    doesn’t give up the battle let them play their game till the time permitted. We are at your side with 330 million gods

    Farook Tuesday, 04 December 2012 03:03 AM

    What the CJ is requesting is for a fair bit of time to answer all the tirades against her. All the cases in favour of the government are given speedy deadlines, whereas the cases against are rarely heard or are squashed away. Most or all of the cases against the members who have crossed over who have signed the impeachment motion have cases pending against them. They are safely forgotten. Give justice a fair hearing against anyone.

    Sry cant-accept Tuesday, 04 December 2012 03:08 AM

    proberbly to well-planned story and to submit for 14 charges with senior lawyers. But that will not work now. This is punishment you did for the people for justice cases to injustice judgement

    Chryshan K Tuesday, 04 December 2012 03:17 AM

    I do not see the reason why PSC cannot give sufficient time to CJ to provide detailed response. Is there any pending cases that are going to courts recently? Dont worry whether she is there or not the Judges will handle it in the correct way without any favouration to Govt, since they are all pissed off. This is the start to end this govt running a mock..

    Thomas Tuesday, 04 December 2012 03:18 AM

    Give C J enough time to defend herself against concocted charges leveled by interested parties. She is not guilty until she is proved guilty.

    Common Man Tuesday, 04 December 2012 03:20 AM

    Im a common man not supporting government or CJ. But i have to tell one truth for injustice happened to me by the judgement by CJ in the court. I suffered a lot and lost many things in my life including my family bcos of her judgment. I so really helpless and i do not want detailed about those case. she can remeber me well now. For some kind of infulence and benifts I got the injustice finally by the Cj's judgment. So I dont beleive that even judges also working according to the law and order. From that day onward I go to Temple/Church/Mosque and I pray to punish these kinds of judgment towards on me and lost everything in my life. So ultimately God has seen now CJ's face to punish. Her bad time is on the sky and that she will face. So nobody can rescue from GOd

    Fathima H Tuesday, 04 December 2012 01:38 AM

    No body will accept any hasty decisions. Clergy, professionals and intellectuals have expressed their concern. It is a matter affecting all citizens, their right for unbiased justice.

    Hardball Tuesday, 04 December 2012 03:35 AM

    I am sure our standard 8 (there is no such thing as standard 9 qualification) educated member will not accept this request.

    Faris, Tuesday, 04 December 2012 03:33 AM

    Hum, something fishy...........

    Adi Tuesday, 04 December 2012 03:58 AM

    Why is it ma'am?? long time no ?

    siribiris Tuesday, 04 December 2012 04:08 AM

    Hon.CJ asks more time.....
    PSC's Opposition Members request a Christmas vacation....
    Supreme Court recommends a consideration of...........
    Against all these requests and recommendations, my Govt. is in a hurriedly prepared ....... to ............................ CJ
    At the moment , what can do 'sacks of potatoes' ?

    Al Rasa Tuesday, 04 December 2012 04:52 AM

    For any charge sheet the normal time frame given for answers is 14 days. Asking for 5 months ?????????

    prf Tuesday, 04 December 2012 06:02 AM


    Hiran Tuesday, 04 December 2012 06:00 AM

    This shows the real size of your brain!!!

    sathis Tuesday, 04 December 2012 06:02 AM

    Al Rasa read properly not FIVE months CJ asked FIVE weeks

    asanka Tuesday, 04 December 2012 06:10 AM

    its NOT 5 months, its 5 weeks. she is the CJ she should have the time and requested information about the charges.. at least another 3 weeks.. bravo CJ

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