17 January, 2021

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A New Year Prediction: Parliamentary Elections Just Around The Corner?

By A Political Soothsayer

Under normal course of events, as anticipated earlier, what in store for Sri Lanka in 2013 were the promised elections for the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) in September and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHGOM) in November. Until then the country was supposed to lumber on grudgingly though as usual, perhaps making some headway here and debacle there, as it always did, amusing the disparaging critics home and the international community abroad. Not even a major cricket event was supposed to take place in this resplendent island, to take the excess heat out of the masses, irrespective of the ICC women’s cricket tournament taking place in many other countries in June.

Of course the government was scheduled to face the next music in March at the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) in Geneva and even that was not considered to be of catastrophic proportions if not for the current blundering in the impeachment effort or the unwarranted harassment of the university students at the Jaffna Campus. Anyway, the government media or even the Ministers were always ready to say completely the opposite of what would happen in Geneva as if the Sri Lankan masses are like the ‘old school Chinese’ (konde bandapu cheennu). No insult to China or the Chinese is intended. Remember, the Professor was saying last time that Sri Lanka just lost the vote only by one, conveniently counting those who abstained from voting to our side! By that magic, 15 became 23.

Our politicians in power and their cohorts however are extremely an erratic lot. They are not easily predictable and if they don’t have an enemy to fight against then they would create one. They love to indulge in ‘shadow boxing’ against imperialism and see foreign agents in every nook and corner. What they most cherish is unleashing their thugs, official and unofficial, against their enemies particularly during election times. Even they are capable of biting noses or ears of the enemy. Unfortunately after the conclusion of the three provincial council elections in September 2012 for Sabaragamuwa, North Central and the Eastern, there was no exciting event that they could get involved in. There was no entertainment for the spectators either. The official TV shows on ITN and Repuavahini were getting extremely boring. Their voices were running ‘hoarse’ strangely this time for not being used against their enemies. Their paid trishaw thugs were not used for a long time and they were complaining being out of extra cash.

Finally finally they have found an enemy to fix all of these; this time around quite an extraordinary woman. Perhaps they thought it would be an easy prey judging from their own experiences at home or in their electorates. But she was the Chief Justice. She was just appointed for the big position by the big boss. Never mind she has proved to be ‘too big for the shoes’ given by the boss. She was not just a CJ but an internationally recognized academic in the field of law. The modus operandi of the struggle against the new enemy was the much maligned Impeachment in the Sri Lankan context. No previous effort on Impeachment had been successful after three attempts. They hardly understood what it involved but they had advisors from the same profession including the previous CJ and the previous previous one, reputed for Kekille judgements, giving unofficial advice on the sidelines.

The single enemy soon became the whole of the judiciary and all the ‘black coats’ also rallied round her for one or the other reason, reputed for their Hultsdorf mentality. All international conspirators, from the International Bar Association to the UN Special Rapporteur on Independence of the Judges and the Lawyers came in support of her. The Canadian Prime Minister, quite an imperialist one supporting the terrorists, threatened to boycott the scheduled CHOGM in November if the Impeachment against the CJ goes ahead. But the US and India were quite silent perhaps because the Rajapaksas are the buddies of the awaken giant of China.

They decided to conduct the Impeachment in the Gang-nam style and framed quite a long list of 14 charges believing more the charges are more the possibility of proving them. They appointed carefully selected seven known rogues (two buffoons included) to the Impeachment Court named respectfully as a Parliamentary Select Committee, all according to their own constitution but not the country’s one. All objections from the Judiciary or the lawyers of the CJ or the opposition members of the PSC were summarily dismissed. Within few days they were however got exhausted. ‘Why would we investigate all the charges, three would be good enough,’ they thought. Some of the journalists who sing weekly hosannas to the regime thought some ‘unproven charges’ are more profound than the ‘proven once’ for the necessary character assassination. In the meanwhile, the CJ, the lawyers and the opposition members left the proceedings quite unable to stomach the ‘parliamentary language’ of two of the buffoons in the kangaroo courts. With this happening, they were suddenly elated of the prospects of proving the charges in absentia and called open even some witnesses to the Diyawanna Wallawa where the proceedings were taking place. They had a marathon session in that Friday evening, quite a Guinness record, and produced their report on the following morning. They said that they investigated five charges and three were proved without objection.

Lo and behold! In the meanwhile, the cunning lady has applied for a Writ of Certiorari at the Court of Appeal. Then the big boss said his conscience was pricked and announced that he would appoint ‘another independent committee’ to review the report of the PSC before taking a final decision on the Impeachment. But later he unceremoniously retracted the pronouncement, as usual, in his style of dubious governance. Then some of the court jesters said that the CJ has appointed her own bench to hear her appeal without knowing the difference between the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. Perhaps it is more likely that they thought the people in the country would not know the difference.

To make the long story short, the first surprise in the New Year of 2013 would be the ruling of the Court of Appeal on the Impeachment proceedings against the country’s Chief Justice. As a bigwig on legal matters of yesteryears, Dr Nihal Jayawickrama, has said, “If the Court were to quash the findings of the Select Committee, that would be a binding and authoritative judgment on the matter.” If the Parliament or the President were to ignore the court ruling and proceed with removing the Chief Justice it would create a very serious constitutional crisis with considerable international implications. This is at the brink of the UNHRC sessions in Geneva in March.

In that even it is most likely, according to my reading of the political Oracle, the President will dissolve Parliament and go for premature Parliamentary elections in the near future however after removing the Chief Justice.

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    Good narrative of how things are done by our Gamgam hoodlums. Mafia style of governance. With all the pressure building up will he risk a General Election? Depends on what his private soothsayer predicts. Things seem to be sliding and probably will get worse and worse with price hikes etc.

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    Everybody is at fault. So it is very difficult to find a person to throw the first stone. UNHRC will say that they are not concerned about the impeachment motion but about the process and that the parliament has no authority because all members have lost their voting rights due to them not declaring their assets and liabilities.

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    Under the current circumstances and the inconclusive nature of the allegations against her, the CJ should stay in office. Even one sentenced to death, is not re-hanged, if the rope breaks to first time. The first hangman’s rope has already broken for the CJ .

    The CJ has probably learned valuable lessons from what is going on at present and is likely prove herself to be not only very good, but also capable of strengthening and reforming the judiciary. The Executive and the legislature would then learn to function within their legal boundaries. The balance that is needed very much in our system of governance, despite the need for reform, will then become a reality. Public opinion should back the CJ to the extent that she stays in office.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    In my opinion I don’t think so,President no-need go for another mandate for Elect of Parliment.Charges aginst CJ is very serious,impossble to seek any amicable settlement within Court of Law, President was complled go seek parlimant orinted soulation.
    That was a result, how imperchment came into being.
    The very reason is her corruption charges are NOSE-DIVE of Judiciary and while on her post-in act as CJ was really undermine code of Discipline in court of Justice; and CJ’s Litigation against STATE become challenges authority is that urgently want to address or overcome by Executive and Parlimentry soverginty of Sri lankan state.
    President and Parliment cannot coverup the corruption charges of crime of CJ, go unreported unlike many offenders go UNPUNISHED THE WHEEL of JUSTICE TURN SLOW. The corruption charges of CJ’s crisis of Judiciary has once again proved that there is NO OMNIPOTENT OR UNCHALLINGING developement path agianst Pralimentry Sovergenity.The issue of Dissolved of Parlimanrty will not arise.

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    There could be a strong possibility of a conflict between MARA and GOTA…..while MR trying to find a solution for CJ impeachment to please all….. with opposition,Bar association, general public and the International pressure mounting…..while GOTA trying to kick out CJ ASAP with possibility of Force and intimidation methods and possibility of violance against CJ, Judiciary and opposition protesters.

    Come Jan.3rd if appeal court finds PSC verdict is null and voide…and a new hearing should begin…..definitely MARA – GOTA dream world going to collapse.

    There’s a strong possibility for CJ to come out as a winner…and the Govt. with weak parliament power base could lead to dissolve of parliament and calling for fresh elections.

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      Yeah, this could lead to the waterloo of the brutal regime.

      Leaders or personalities like GR are not appropriate for our countries. He is that regorous. Whatever being explained and discussed, he would never respect the views of the others. Meaning not ready for democratic values. GR is perhaps fine for keeping the cities clean but not for a leadership to lead our nation.

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        Parliamentary elections are just around the corner, but the rulers can hold them according to them as it is the case with PC and presidential elections. So I would not keep hopse about free and fair elections so long the bunch would remain in power.

        My wish this year would be, masses should become clear that the ruling family should not be in power to ruin the country further.None I have spoken with during my short stay back in home country added me any good news about the rulers. Most of them were among the common men – that suffer the most today. Sky high price hikes have made it that difficult to survive in the country. Petrol prices were increased by 10 rupees while lamboginis were financed by poor people s funds. Car races were held at night to entertain rulers families neglecting the badgini (hunger) of the poor. There is no rule of law at all. Everyone behaves as they think is fine. country has gone to dogs.

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    NEW PARLIAMENT SHOULD COMMENCE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BEFORE THESE GOONS START TO RUIN THE PALACES WITH THEIR PISS AND SHIT THAT IS ONLY FIT FOR THEIR MUD HUTS SITUATED IN THE DEVIL DANCERS TERRITORY OF RUHUNU

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    In order to cover up all the undemocratic things happening in the country and to divert the focus of the masses away from the illegal actions taken by the Government there is possibility of the following steps created by the Government stooges:
    1. Create more scenarios where weapons and other fabricated evidence are found in the North and blame it on resurrected LTTE.
    2. Create communal disharmony among Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims (although not a language Govt treats it as a language).
    3. Create religious disharmony among Buddhist, Hindus, Muslims and Christians. Especially Buddhist monks attacking other religious bodies.
    4. Bribe opposition parliamentarians to cross over to the Government.
    5. Blame foreign governments of interferring in the internal matters of Sri Lanka.
    6. Use the military to work in various civilian projects in various parts of the country thereby placing the military in all parts of the country so that they can be used for illegal activities of the Government without the masses worrying about militarization of their areas.
    7. Bribe the UNP leader to support the Government’s plans.
    8. Create various issues with the Indian Government with regards to commerce and fishing related matters so that Indian Goverment is viewed by the masses as the enemy ( rekindle the traditional fears of the Sinhalese masses).
    9. Get more advice from the Chinese Govt to control the masses using the forces.

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    One millionth tourist was clocked at the BIA just before the dawn of 2013.

    And it is nearly a 100% jump from, since 2009.

    And 20% increase despite the UN impeachment in Geneva.

    Diasporians who migrated in the 70s and 80s and nearing retirement with descent Super balances even after the GFC ,are pushing the Condo prices in Colombo suburbs in double digits.

    Even our CJ’s BIL has got one in a not so HIP suburb, according to the info from a leading Elite poster here.

    Mind you the BIL got in at a mate’s rate so it could have got some capital gains considering our Tamil cousin’s turf in Wellawatta clocked up a staggering 50 percent hike in just 18 months on two Bedders in descent Buildings.

    Now the only weapon for this formidable anti Govt, and ant Sinhala Buddhist Front in the New Year seems to be a WMD of Canadian make.

    It is going to be released from Geneva yet again, if Rajapaksa doesn’t bend over to the CJ and her Blackcoat herd from Hultsdorph.

    One would have thought the writer presented a forceful and stirrng piece on how these crusaders both Local and Overseas can send their arch enemies like Mervyn, Weerawansa,and Ranwaka, to the Dust Bin in this unexpected gift from the Prez in the brand new Year for a Parliamentary Election.

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      If “any WMD of Canadian make ” are to be released from Geneva as claimed,we must bear in mind that they will be issued against the regime of the Rajapakses and their vermins and wansas , and not against the people of SRI LANKA.We should be grateful if our Judiciary is saved.
      Park in his contribution has set out the undemocratic ways by which the regime is burdening , destroying and ripping apart our nation. The real WEAPONS OF MASS DESTUCTION are therefore not of foreign make but of
      medamulana origin.

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      The despotic megalomaniac and saviour of the German peoples HE Adolf Hitler and others of his ilk too were successful for a while and a majority of Germans too were proud of him like K.A Sumanasekera and his psycho-social ilk.

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      Everything is jumping including COL and prices. Only the people are not jumping.

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    We have too many crooks, pandam karayas, commission kakkas and pole vaulters, high jumpers, long jumpers and gangnam style pin padi Baila Rajas in the parliament.

    The whole Governamet is a FOUR MAN SHOW. They are MARA, GOTA, BARA and CHAMA…..others are no show pin padi vandi battayas.

    Please watch Derana Video Clip http://www.derana.lk (in Video Gallery 12th November) of program 360 Dilka and ex.CJ Sarath Silva’s interview…Part 2.

    It cleary says the SC warned President on Hedging deal….but President Did not listened to SC and went ahead…..and now as a result Sri Lanka has to pay closer to ONE BILLION US DOLLARS TO THE BANKS due to silly MR’s decision. SC should impeach MR for this Blunder and he is responsible for the loss.

    Now Minister Basil Rajapakse has taken over the Tourism Industry and now started giving bogus figurs. How come in ONE WEEK the tourist arrival jumped from 950,000 to ONE MILLION……but hoteliers claim Low turnover.

    Also the Luckey 950,000 tourist came from Poland……….and One million came from China……What happened to the western European and British tourists………..

    I kindly request Gon (Donkey) BARA not to politicise and ruin our Tourist Industry……and three best local Directors resigned yesterday.

    This IS the MARA FOUR MAN SHOW GOVERNING THE WHOLE COUNTRY WHILE THE REST OF THE GOVT.PARLIMENT MINISTERS JUST GETTING PIN PADI…..

    ASHCHARYA 2013.

    CT Please let us witness the January 03rd Appeal court hearing Broadcast LIVE in TV and RADIO.

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    Hon. Minister Basil Rajapakse.

    Tourist Board say only 30,000 Chinese Tourists came to Sri Lanka in 2012.

    Could you please give me the Breakdown of the rest of the 970,000 tourists came from.

    Their countries and the numbers will be helpful.

    Thank You.

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    Real “sooth-saying” should be based on astrological analysis. Therefore I venture to state something based on astrology. 2013 will be with sensational news. Transit of planets during the year 2012 indicates a change of government (may be the same party in power). Saturn will bring harm to those who are destroying this country. A political assasination is possible. Saturn/Rahu combination in naksasthra of Rahu commencing September 2013 will usher an era of peace and calm to this country.

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      Was Saturn in Transit in 2009?.

      Your second predition is possible every year every day.

      And one doesnt need a degree in Astrology to work that out.

      Thank the stars for having Gotta on 24 hour watch.

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      You mean “same party in power” after His Hex-A-Lunacy Percy Jilmart Rajapassa’s computer jilmart?????

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    What a stupid soothsaying is all this? I doubt this commentator Darlin de Silva knows any astrology. May be she is a part of a plot. I say that because; two such programs in ‘Derana’ and ‘Hiru’ TV last night had predicted the opposite of what she says. There were four participant in each of those channels one included a man who forecast SF’s arrest as far back as in 2008.

    Anyway, which President who has two third majorities in parliament would even think of dissolving it? Only those black coats, NGOs and their paymasters who have forgotten that Sri Lanka has become a truly independent nation in 1972 think of inviting the Queen or commonwealth or Latima to solve our problems. Whether the CJ has become their tool or they’ve become her tool is immaterial.

    I can visualise how desperate the CJ’s backers have become from the unwise and reckless comment by Dr. Narendran. Perhaps similar appeals may have been made to SF after the Presidential elections. And he ended up in jail. No Tamils who backed him are nowhere near him now. That’s life, I suppose. But these people must understand that the charges made against the CJ will not be inconclusive allegations once the PSC findings are debated and voted in the parliament.

    The same way SF has become a free man and ShiyaniB become the CJ with the president’s signature, she will be removed from being the CJ with his signature after the parliament vote as in 107(2) of the constitution. That’s the law of the country. No country has ever known to have interfered with such an action.

    Our 1978 constitution categorically says people of Sri Lanka are supreme. No apex court judge or anyone in the Judiciary is elected by the people but apex court judges are appointed by the elected president to act as an instrument of the Parliament to exercise the judicial powers of the Parliament.
    107(2) of the constitution say; “such appointed judges shall hold office during good behaviour….” 107(2) also say; “by an order of the President made after an address of Parliament, supported by a majority of the total number of members of Parliament (including those not present) has been presented to the President for such removal on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity.” How to prove misbehaviour is clearly mentioned in 107(3); “Parliament shall by law or by Standing Orders provide for all matters relating to the presentation of such an address….”

    Entire procedure of the impeachment is described in standing orders 78 (A). And, 78 (A) (2) shows, how the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) be appointed to investigate the judge. 78 (A) (6) that has specified the period during which a report has to be presented by the PSC to the Parliament, 78 (A) (3) among others says: “The Select Committee appointed under paragraph (2) of this Order shall have power to send for persons, papers and records”.

    78 (A) (5) says; “The Judge whose alleged misbehaviour or incapacity is the subject of the investigation by a Select Committee appointed under paragraph (2) of this Order shall have the right to appear before it and to be heard by, such Committee, in person or by representative and to adduce evidence, oral or documentary, in disproof of the allegations made against him”. It is obvious then the onus of disproving the charges falls on the judge unlike in the cases in the courts. And when the CJ withdrew or rather ran away from the PSC she gave up that right.

    It is obvious that questioning procedures is an excuse CJ has used to run away. Public now know while ducking to explain why she is not guilty, she tries to hang on to her job through court rulings. They also know that it will be a waste because two speakers have rejected court interferences on parliamentary matters. Although Appeal Court judges have taken up their boss’ case, they also know it will be rejected. Do judges expect people will march on their behalf? Devious tactic of back coated sharks, NGOs and their paymasters to have a ‘Haltsdorf Spring’ will not materialise for ‘ali, koti and ratu’ cannot muster enough public support for it.

    The game of delaying and il-legal tactics of the CJ and NGOs and their pay masters have backfired. Taking the written reply for fourteen charges by her attorneys in to consideration, the PSC had continued their investigation ex-parte and found her guilty for ‘misbehaviour’. The CJ will be voted guilty at the parliament and the President will fire her. Sooner it’s done the better for all. And the country can forge ahead.
    Leela

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      Villager,

      What is so reckless about my comment? The reckless manner in which the government has pursued the CJ impeachment, necessitates the CJ be permitted to continue in office. She and her position have been degraded enough by the actions of the government and the character assasination that accompanied it. She cannot be hanged twice. She has to continue to be CJ to not only to prove her capability and integrity, but also regain the respect due to her office. Chief Justice Choudry of the Pakistani Supreme Court was subject to almost similar persecution and since being returned to office has restored the respect due to a CJ and the Supreme Court! A president and a prime minister have learned their lessons in Pakistan!

      The large number of Tamils who voted for Sarath Fonseka, escaped the consequences of their stupidity by a hair’s width. The insinuation that Tamils are objecting to the manner in which the CJ is being persecuted, through various unsavoury procedures and action in the PSC,because they are Tamils, is wrong. The Tamils have a right to their opinions as citizens, irrespective of whether they are right or wrong.

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      trying to justify the deeds of this govt. with what is put down in the constitution/law/Standing Orders is absurd: if tomorrow the country lifts it’s anti-murder laws, will you sally forth and start a massacre? no. whether the law exists or no, there is such a thing as moral culpability. the regime is simply using the constitution for their own uses. if by this point you haven’t understood that, maybe you should wait until puberty hits. We all know why Shirani fell out of favor: the fact that MR keeps bulldozing over anyone who disagrees with him is painfully obvious to a toddler.

      and im curious: you seem to be all for doing the right thing and eradicating corruption, so where are your comments on why this president and his government (known to have a delightful collection of thieves, drug kingpins, rapists, child molesters, thugs and cutthroats), along with his brother who asks for “a contribution” from every new investor seeking permission from his ministry? Whither your rain of scorn on Mahinda’s alleged corruption, and that of his ministers and MPs and local councillors? Where were you when that UPFA man down south celebrated his 100th underage girl?

      You can act like we’re the traitors here, but who’s REALLY administering one-sided justice here? Please, just stop commenting and trying to justify the actions of this government.

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    Villager( Leela),

    No country can forge ahead with injustice entrenched in its fabric. The question is no longer the innocence or guilt of the CJ , but the sordid manner in which her impeachment has been pursued. If she is dismissed the country will pay a price for legitimising what is blatantly unfair and unjust. If she stays in office, the country and our system of governance will gain and the honour of all Sri Lankans will be enhanced. We will become the Ellalans/ Elaharas of the modern day, in honour of our king of old, who sacrificed his son to appease a cow whose calf was killed by the chariot driven by the prince- his son ( incidentally, in South India, this story is attributed to Manu Neethi Cholan).

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran.

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      Dr.Narendran,
      You wrote; “Under the current circumstances and the inconclusive nature of the allegations against her, the CJ should stay in office.”

      Though I wouldn’t agree, I can understand if you asked the CJ to hang on to her office before PSC had concluded its investigations. But asking for the CJ to ‘stay in office’ right now is a different thing altogether. Why?

      Everyone but stupid knows that the parliament is about to vote the CJ guilty and President to sign for her removal. I take ‘under the current circumstances’ means under such a situation. And we all know that there will not be another investigation to judge her misbehaviour. So, emphasizing ‘inconclusive nature’ means she is not guilty.

      I say, all those who want the CJ ‘to stay in office’ under those arguments now want troubles to come. So long as Rajapakses are out such people do not mind an Egypt here. May be some would like a Syria better so that they can reach their own goals easier. Only reckless people have such motives. That’s what I meant. Careful and responsible people want to avoid such disaster.
      Leela

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        Villager,

        What happened to the President’s conscience that was very active about a week or two back? I thought his conscience was kick started by the ugly spectacle the impeachment process became. I also read that the President was to appoint a committee of experts to study the recommendation of the parliament. This implies that the President has doubts about the PSC process, deliberations, antics and outcome. His doubts would be further enhanced by today’s revelations about Rajitha Senaratne. How righteous or just would it be to make the CJ run as Johnston Fernando wishes or be dismissed as you expect and wish?

        Are you really the real Leela? If so, you would have smelt the dead rat that is the PSC process by now.

        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr.Narendran
      I am afraid I cannot agree with you that the CJ must stay for ‘the country and our system of governance will gain and the honour’. This CJ has not just misbehaved but has shown to be a business woman as well. She has also disregarded the judgement that Justice Fernando wrote when inquired in to her appointment to SC that recommended her not to involve with devolution related matters but she sat at the bench to decide on Divineguma bill.

      So, there is much more to this drama than what appears in the face to most of us. Would she dare otherwise try to fix the executive President by asking a letter from his secretary to meet him but writing to the press to complain of interferences after getting that letter? That’s how it all started if we leave her husband’s case out. It seems, she had not just bit some carrots but had swallowed it in lump just like SF. Remember, I wrote some time back that this has become a bare knuckle fight and one of the two must go and it has to be the CJ. Politically, party backers will not let the president to back off.

      You should not compare that Pakistan situation to Sri Lanka. For a starter, Mushraff was an unpopular military man whereas MR is a very popular political ace. For another, majority Pakistanis at the time were fed up of Mushraff and were looking for a hero whereas only a minority are looking for a hero here. Majority are happy with MR. That’s why nothing succeeds for the opposition.

      I do not think there are any Sinhalas who want to deny right of Tamils to vote whom they like. Leave out voting rights, no Sinhala will oppose any rights of Tamils. They only oppose Eelam and road-maps to Eelam. I have no objection what so ever for a Tamil to be my neighbour in my village. It’s the motive for such voting that we have to be concerned and have to respond. Reading the mindset of Sumanthiran and co, I wouldn’t say Tamil vote for SF was exactly an Ellalan move. To my understanding, it was a very cunning and devious move of Balasingham type. We would have been in a mess had he won.
      Leela

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        Villager,

        There is a lesson in the fact that the elected executive President takes his/ her oath of office before the CJ and a CJ appointed by the executive president takes his/her oath before the President.

        Who is superior , the president or the CJ? The constitution has ensured that both have to represent the constitution and thus represent different aspects of the sovereignty of the people. The president appoints the CJ on behalf of the people and accepts his/her oath of office on their behalf. The CJ who represents a different aspect of the sovereignty of the people, accepts on their behalf the oath of office of the president. Both can be impeached by the parliament which also represents the sovereignty of the people, in terms of legislative power.
        The legislative power is exercised within the parameters and constraints of the constitution. The Supreme Court headed by the CJ defends the constitution and the laws that flow from it. The executive president has to act within the constitution and the laws. He is not above it.

        It is conceptually a well balanced system and the balance can be maintained in practice only by treating the system with reverence, even if the persons manning it are faulty- a human condition. Reverence for the system, dictates that those manning it are treated with respect, even if they do not deserve that respect. The system itself has inbuilt mechanisms to remove those who degrade their office. The system of checks and balances should be respected at all times, if we are to build our reputation as a civilised nation. The system represents us the people and our sovereignty. Disrespect and abuse of the system means that we the people and our sovereignty are being abused.

        It is the reputation of our nation and how it works that are on the dock in the CJ case now and not the CJ anymore.

        Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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        yes, the fact that sinhalese people were not against tamil rights were painfully obvious in ’56 and ’83.

        (that’s sarcasm, in case you think im being serious here)

        Jesus Christ, will you just STOP?? You’re not only twisting the words of the constitution now, you’re twisting history too!

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    Transparency must be ensured in any controversial case being heard at the highest levels. That way,credibility can win over propaganda, anytime!

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    The PSC has declared the CJ is guilty of the charges without an accepted mechanism. In Malaysia, the charges against the chief justice are probed by three chief justices of Commonwealth countries. There is also proper system adopted in India. Clearly, the UNP or SLFP does not want to improve the system when they are in power. Have they done anything to solve the ethnic minority’s problem since 1948. Have they achieved anything significantly since they got independence?

    We do not have smart leaders, that is why we have been fighting since 1948. If we had smart leaders, we could have used the young people who have been killed being part of the Tamil armed groups, JVP and defence forces, in order to expand the IT sector and the manufacturing sector. Do you people have any idea how much we have lost due to lack of decent leadrship? This why we need Lankan think tank for the Sri Lankan intellectuals to get involved all around the world, to come up with stable domestic and foreign policies, economic reforms, educational reforms, strengthening the judiciary system etc. Trusting the political leaders is foolishness.

    The Lankan politicians won’t be in the top 10000 Lankan intellectuals who are well educated, have a very good understanding about their countries’ politics, and have a genuine desire to serve their motherland. What is the benefit of listening to them?

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    I was very flattered to receive a new year wish from our president. But when i realized that about 10 million others have also received his good wishes I realized this was another instant of a large scale racket. To send a SMS to millions of Sri Lankans the President is spending a lot of public money. But the worse is if the Dialog is sending them free how does Dialog show that in their accounts ? How do they justify their costs ? Maybe Dialog which is a foreign company ( Malaysian) considers the favour done to president Rajapakse a bribe. How does President Rajapakse show his gratitude to Dialog for all these free SMSs ? Or maybe Rajapakse is the kind of person who eats at a foreign restaurant but does not pay for the food !After all he is a politician from Hambantota !

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