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The Parliamentary Select Committee ((PSC) which wrapped up its inquiries into the 14 charges against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, is expected to hand over its report to Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa today.

According to the Standing Order 78 a (1), the Speaker should present it to Parliament for approval only after one month from the day it is handed over to him. Once it is passed in the House by a simple majority, it should be sent to President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his endorsement.  If this report is handed over to the Speaker today, it can be taken up for a vote only on January 8.

However, speculation was rife in political circles that the government was planning to amend this Standing Order so that the motion could be taken up in the House for a vote without waiting for a month.

In the absence of the four opposition members and the Chief Justice or her lawyers, the seven ruling party members continued with the PSC proceedings till late evening yesterday and compiled the report.  Employees attached to certain sections of Parliament had been asked to stay late even after the business of the House was over at 7.00 pm.

For the first time, the PSC had summoned relevant officials to gather evidence to prove the charges     against the Chief Justice.  Among those who testified before the Committee are Supreme Court Judge Shirani Thilakawardane, Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Judicial Services Commission Secretary Manjula Tilakaratne and top officials of the government and private institutions mentioned in charges.  

Speaker Rajapaksa appointed this Select Committee in accordance with Article 107 of the Constitution after a resolution signed by 117 members of the ruling party sought to remove the Chief Justice from office. It started meeting on November 14.

The Committee consisted of 11 members- four from the opposition and seven from the ruling party. 

The ruling party members are Environment Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Deputy External Affairs Minister Neomal Perera, Housing, Construction and Engineering Services Minister Wimal Weerawansa, Foreign Employment Promotion Minister Dilan Perera, Fisheries Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Irrigation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva and Petroleum Minister Susil Premajayantha. (KB and YP)

  Comments - 30

  • Impartial guy Saturday, 08 December 2012 05:31 AM

    One of these days our Speaker will be hired by Western Parliaments as he is highly educated,Professional and efficient Speaker in the world. He will go to Guiness Book record.

    morris Monday, 10 December 2012 05:52 AM

    results of dictatorship

    Pop jones Sunday, 09 December 2012 04:32 PM

    Its a dam shame... The Parlimant got down the Cj and raped her in a hurry. Where does these dam fools know justic? She was charged - good! Give her a chance to defend it. THESE PSC ARE IN THE WRONG PLACE, THEY SHOULD BE IN COURT TO SOLVE CASES DRAGING FOR YEARS... Just a mockery... MR next is you!

    Pop jones Sunday, 09 December 2012 04:14 PM


    MA Sunday, 09 December 2012 11:27 AM

    Speaker is another award winning actor from Rajawood family.

    Jayantha Saturday, 08 December 2012 09:32 PM

    A security officer becomming Speaker in Parliament.

    dev Saturday, 08 December 2012 01:02 PM

    there is no opposition in this country ne..

    Spencer 45 Saturday, 08 December 2012 10:45 AM

    We have to thanks JR Jayawardena for all this mess he has created . . .

    Kiwi Saturday, 08 December 2012 10:18 AM

    She came into the SC through the wrong door now after 16years she is about to go out also through the wrong door. Natural Justice!!!

    Huunek Saturday, 08 December 2012 07:17 AM

    Speaker sh. be appointed as next CJ

    Vaidy sathasivam Saturday, 08 December 2012 07:04 AM

    Why not dispose cases related to LTTE swiftly like this and hang all of them

    The Judge Saturday, 08 December 2012 06:27 AM

    What a PSC hearing, witness to be cross examined, without it how can you send the report to the Speaker? Now the speaker is the Supreme judge to condemn the CJ. We all know the verdict.

    kosala Saturday, 08 December 2012 06:02 AM

    Why Dr was not there??????

    kotiya Saturday, 08 December 2012 05:41 AM


    Ravi Saturday, 08 December 2012 05:36 AM

    RIP Sri Lanka

    weha Saturday, 08 December 2012 03:31 AM

    That was quick !!!!. wish every investigation in SL is quick like this.

    lima Saturday, 08 December 2012 04:59 AM

    all those who testified are ath golayas of the said ruling , so one sided game , no use talking.
    the psc committee has no qualification on the subject , not a single higher qualified than the CJ is found to probe agains the CJ , which is the normal practice in any democratic country , the bench should comprise the highest dignity in all aspects but , here it is low than the A/L stds. the world is watching and we down grade our country.

    Sonna Boy Saturday, 08 December 2012 04:50 AM

    Hope justice prevails

    Upu Saturday, 08 December 2012 04:47 AM

    Mr. Chamal also tarnishing his long standing image as he trying to protect his own family.

    Patriot Saturday, 08 December 2012 04:31 AM

    MR is behaving like King Kakille. How can they amend the standing order in a hurry to suit their interests.? Where is DEMOCRAZY in this country? It is so sad to note that the opposition polticians specially the UNPers are enjoying the unfolding catastrophe.

    SHALANI Saturday, 08 December 2012 04:25 AM


    Nodrog Saturday, 08 December 2012 04:20 AM

    Whats to report? The verdict is a foregone conclusion, decided long ago. Stop insulting our intelligence pretending to be paragons of justice.

    Nadukaraya Saturday, 08 December 2012 04:05 AM

    People reap what they saw.

    Harsha Silva Saturday, 08 December 2012 04:02 AM

    Good keep it up for injustice judgment for justice cases. shs should suffer. bcos her judgement considering for own benefits she has put us in bad saituation

    Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 08 December 2012 04:02 AM

    Anyway, since the final outcome was predetermined by the King, the parliament will amend the Standing Orders and present it for approval. They seem to be in an indecent hurry to accomplish this task and get rid of the Chief Justice. And then the President has the audacity to say that he is not "revengeful".

    unchikun Saturday, 08 December 2012 03:53 AM

    The jokers. about to present the new version of fairy tails.

    Muhandiram Saturday, 08 December 2012 03:48 AM

    Report will read: GUILTY AS CHARGED

    Nodrog Saturday, 08 December 2012 03:37 AM

    We are all going to suffer the consequences if the Govt decides, against rationality, to go ahead with this witch-hunt.

    Lobo Saturday, 08 December 2012 03:32 AM

    MR is being sent up the gum-tree by his advisors if he thinks he can get away with this. He should realize its his head on the line not the advisors when things go wrong, which they will.

    perumal Saturday, 08 December 2012 03:30 AM

    There have been witnesses giving oral evidence. Then why was it not revealed to CJ and given a chance to cross-examine them?

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