Senior lawyers including the Presidents of the Mannar Bar Association and the Galle Law Association filed a petition seeking the Appeal Court to punish ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Minister Rishad Bathiudeen for contempt of court
They said they initiated these proceedings to ensure there would be no such interference with the proper functioning of Courts and to ensure the proper administration of justice.
The petition was filed on their behalf by Lilanthi de Silva under Article 105(3) of the Constitution which states that, “The Supreme Court of the Republic of Sri Lanka and the Court of Appeal of the Republic of Sri Lanka shall each be a superior court of record and shall have all the powers of such court including the power to punish for contempt of itself, whether committed in the court itself or elsewhere, with imprisonment or fine or both as the court may deem fit. The power of the Court of Appeal shall include the power to punish for contempt of any other court, tribunal or institution referred to in paragraph 1(c) of this Article, whether committed in the presence of such court or elsewhere.”(By S.S. Selvanayagam)
Calistus Jayatilleke Wednesday, 25 July 2012 12:22 PM
Cant understand this hesitation in punishing the errant minister when there is already a precedent of an ex-Minister being hauled before the court and jailed for contempt of court.
Dadoriya Wednesday, 25 July 2012 03:08 PM
Well done, fix the fellow.
One guy in SL Thursday, 26 July 2012 03:05 AM
How long does it take for the law in this country to get hold of this minister?????? I pray that the god above us all to punish all these politicians who have made our lives so miserable..... They shall not attain peace no matter whether they sit under a Bo tree their rest of life..
Lanka Thursday, 26 July 2012 04:00 AM
I think everybody is jumping the gun. The Bar Association went for a boycott even before investigating the matter. they asssumed that whatever the news shown in the media were correct. In fact, Rishad was not given a chance by the lawyers to tell his side of story.
Kautilya Thursday, 26 July 2012 04:09 AM
Very good attempt by the senior lawyers.Everything depends on the power of the 18th Amendments.
Mufars Thursday, 26 July 2012 04:24 AM
what about punishing the Mannar judge who gave the shooting order ?
Sylvia de Silva Thursday, 26 July 2012 04:34 AM
Firstly, an accused needs to be proven to be punished in the face of law!
An accused remains an accused until it’s proven otherwise! Lawyers and officials in the legal profession should know this more than any other layman!!
pradeep Thursday, 26 July 2012 04:53 AM
the law and order is failing in this country day by day. It only applies to the ordinary citizens of srilanka. What a pity.
Arjuna Thursday, 26 July 2012 05:18 AM
Proper investigation need on behavior of Magistrate in the place of Protest of Fishermen. Also should be investigate the root of incidence.
shan Thursday, 26 July 2012 06:03 AM
If Govt.not act somebody must act in keeping the dicnity of the Justice System. No point of talking who right and who wrong the point is the verdit not acceptable by a party they can go for appeal and not treating the Judge and make a protest against the judicial system of the Cointry. These peoples must punished according to the Law of our Country.
Disgusted Citizen Thursday, 26 July 2012 06:33 AM
In any other country the Minister concerned (if he has any self respect) would have resigned by now. Alternately the President should remove him from his post. This is a good move by the Lawyers but will it serve any purpose? It will be another case like that of tying a Samurdhi official to a tree. He will be found NOT GUILTY !!
Silva Thursday, 26 July 2012 06:35 AM
Not all ministers in Sri Lanka are Buddhists, stop being a bigot.
king kudda Thursday, 26 July 2012 06:55 AM
LOL. just another case . 2 weeks time SL will 4get this.
Dhammaloka Friday, 27 July 2012 04:57 AM
Punish, Punish and punish.
Hade Sheriff Friday, 27 July 2012 05:09 AM
Why Bar Association did not protest the 18th Amendment, which is the obstacle for rule of law.
Unattached Citizen Friday, 27 July 2012 05:46 AM
Good question. Their silence was deafening when the 18th Amendment was passed, what a shame!
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