The four opposition members of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) probing the charges against the Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, are seriously considering withdrawal from the process, Daily Mirror learns.
The four opposition members of the PSC are considering withdrawal because they believe that principles of natural justice cannot be applied in probing charges against the Chief Justice, Daily Mirror learns.
UNP MP Lakshman Kiriella, Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga, JVP MP MP Vijitha Herath and TNA leader R. Sampanthan are the four opposition members of the PSC.
It is learnt that they are currently having discussions whether to withdraw from the PSC or not.
The main opposition UNP, in particular believes that Sri Lanka has accepted Latimer House or Commonwealth principles that set out relationship between Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary of the member states, UNP sources said.
Therefore, the party believes that the government should stick to these principles in conducting inquiries against the Chief Justice. The Association of District Judges and Magistrates also made a similar request to the government a few days ago. (Kelum Bandara)