By Colombo Telegraph –
The Attorney General today appealed to the Supreme Court to appoint a five judge bench to reconsider the ruling given by a three judge bench last month to allow lead to proceed in a case where three petitioners had asked that Parliamentary standing order 78A- under which Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was tried and impeached – be declared null and void, the Sunday Times reports.
The newspaper said; “Senior Lawyer MA Sumanthiran who appeared for the petitioners in the earliar Supremem Court case said the new Chief Justice Mohan Peiries had not been legitimately appointed and was a usurper. Heobjected to the Attorney General’s application for a hearing by a divisional bench which would be appointed by the new Chief Justice. The bench which heard the case today refered the issue to the new Chief Justice.”
According to the Sunday Times, legal analysts said today’s move appeared to be a swift first step by the government to legalise what the Supreme Court declared to be illegal and unconstitutional, when it last month heard the petition challenging the impeachment process and the parliamentary select committee trial against Ms Bandaranayake.