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The four opposition members of the Parliamentary Select Committee that is probing allegations against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake had requested Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa to suspend its sittings at least for one month, Daily Mirror learns.

UNP MPs John Amaratunga and Lakshman Kiriella, JVP MP Vijitha Herath and TNA MP R. Sampanthan are the four members representing the 11 –member Select Committee on behalf of the opposition.  

They handed over a letter to the Speaker last Friday asking for the suspension of sittings for one month till the end of the budget debate on December 8.  
According to informed sources, they, along with the Parliamentary staff, have been exhausted with work, and therefore, they needed a respite during the remaining period of the year.

The Select Committee is scheduled to meet on December 4, 2012 to continue with the probe. Both the Government and the Opposition have admitted that the committee was only an investigative   body with no judicial power.  

The Chief Justice had already filed answers to the charges.  She was given time till November 30 to raise objections to the Select Committee process if necessary.

Besides, Speaker Rajapaksa ruled last week that any Court order against the Parliamentary process in this regard had no effect, and entailed no legal consequences. (Kelum Bandara)
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  • Andrew Pitugala Monday, 03 December 2012 04:13 AM

    December is the season when goodwill and peace are more generously emphasized. Let all people exercise goodwill towards each other and maintain peace.

    Cobra Monday, 03 December 2012 04:25 AM

    No, make six years!!!

    jacoob Monday, 03 December 2012 06:36 AM

    post ponement is our national characteristic .. postponing a solution to the national question for decades ..

    Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 03 December 2012 06:53 AM

    No respite for sure, agenda already made, come what may. Apolitical?

    Kumar Tuesday, 04 December 2012 11:06 AM

    People elected their representative parties.Judiciary allowed them to pole vault.Now they are facing the tune.Was the peoples soverignty respected?

    man hatton Monday, 03 December 2012 09:24 AM

    do not talk about international standards in Sri Lanka.

    Kondebendapucheena Monday, 03 December 2012 09:40 AM

    where are we heading now,

    Ryan Monday, 03 December 2012 09:53 AM

    what is this ? so let all thieves inside the prisons go home.

    Cobbler Monday, 03 December 2012 10:02 AM

    They should ask The Pilot BR, not the nevigator CR.

    UNP Monday, 03 December 2012 10:25 AM

    Very shame, Show the weakness to world.


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