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SC allows BASL petition against impeachment

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The Supreme Court today granted leave to proceed with the fundamental rights petition filed by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) seeking a declaration against the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani A. Bandaranayake

The Bench comprising Justices N.G. Amaratunga, Priyasath Dep and Eva Wanasundera granted leave for the alleged infringement of the fundamental right to equality and equal protection of the law. The matter is fixed for hearing on January 21 next year.

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) in its application said the decision by Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) members to proceed with the inquiry into the charges against the Chief Justice without awaiting the pending interpretation of the Supreme Court was an infringement of fundamental rights.
The petitioners are BASL President Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Secretary Sanjaya Gamage, Treasurer Rasika Dissanayake and Assistant Secretary Charith Galhena.

Ikram Mohamed PC with the BASL Past Presidents Shibly Aziz, Ananda Wijesekera PC, Upali Gunaratne PC and Ajantha Athukorale appeared for the petitioners.

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, PSC Members Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Nimal Siripala de Silva, A.D. Susil Premajayantha, Rajitha Senaratne, Wimal Weerawansa, Dilan Perera, Neomal Perera, Lakshman Kiriella, John Amaratunga, R. Sampanthan and Vijitha Herath and the Attorney General were cited as respondents. Additional Solicitor General Bimba Tilakaratne appeared for the Attorney General.

The petitioners it was the Supreme Court and not the Parliament which was vested with the sole and exclusive jurisdiction to hear and determine any question relating to the interpretation of the Constitution.(SSS) (Pix by Pradeep Dilrukshana)

  Comments - 11

  • kaluarachchi Monday, 03 December 2012 11:20 AM

    Wholeharted support for BASL effort.

    Jan D Monday, 03 December 2012 12:17 PM

    Well done BASL since we have no opposition party to stand against injustice, you have a critical responsibility by the country to ensure justice.

    siribiris Monday, 03 December 2012 12:50 PM


    Bonda Monday, 03 December 2012 03:59 PM

    The fight begins, The out come will be very critical to the country

    Jaydon Monday, 03 December 2012 04:24 PM

    At last, some action by the BASL!!!!

    jacoob Tuesday, 04 December 2012 03:28 AM


    Mohamed Tuesday, 04 December 2012 04:53 AM

    We want well educated people to be MP in future this will be good for all

    Mohamed Tuesday, 04 December 2012 04:51 AM

    We want well educated people to be MP in future this will be good for all

    Realist Tuesday, 04 December 2012 05:29 AM

    Leave to Proceed had been granted by a Bench appointed by the CJ herself !!! This is not asking from the mother of the thief but from the thief itself !!!

    beeta akka Tuesday, 04 December 2012 08:00 AM

    No use. Today in Sri lanka educasted people behaving worse than uneducated people. Why she keep silent about husnbands frauds? Must she be resign before.

    swd Tuesday, 04 December 2012 08:33 AM

    These black coat high profile people think they are the saviours of the Nation, though they squeeze out innocent citizens and appear for the crooks for higher amount of money and get them out of jails and keep them free in the society, hence I doubt their honesty! Just a show off!!

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