By Ariya de Silva –
Most of us law abiding citizens look up to the Judiciary as the last bastion which Yahapalanya restored after a severe battering prior to 2015.to sort out the mess the country is in due to power hungry politicians.
Your Lordships appointment was hailed as parochial issues which predominated in an earlier era where the saffron robed gentry intervened to plant a man unworthy depriving the legitimate much respected Justice Mark Fernando has caused chaos in the country. That incorrect appointment has done untold damage to the image of the Judiciary.
Be that as it may, Your Lordship the nation is at cross roads and the findings of the apex court will settle for all time the direction the country will take in the years to come. You may be pleased to know your Lordship that the country has implicit faith in you and the other two much respected judges to deliberate on all matters before you and pronounce a landmark judgment which will consolidate good governance.
In judicial parlance its is said that “JUSTICE SHOULD NOT ONLY BE DONE BUT APPEAR TO BE DONE “. It is this saying that made me address this letter.
After your announcement of a three member bench,rabble rousers who established new standards in our National legislature pushed for a larger bench.They insulted a country which enjoyed a good reputation in the civilised world where democracy thrived since 1931.These thugs rapists hooch, and heroin and ethanol dealers and office boy frauds appealed for a fuller bench and in line with correct procedure where none can question or add motives you enlarged the bench to seven.
Currently a picture has gone viral with a story that the wife of one of the new judges had got elevated suddenly as the DIRECTOR GENERAL of a state entity. It goes without saying that the appearance of this learned judge will not be in his and in the best interests of the panel and most respectfully expect him to step down in the larger interests of the country. None will doubt his integrity but the issues are so sensitive that it is wise to avoid any doubts.
For your Lordships consideration and that of the judge in question.
May you have a successful tenure of office and fade away with honour and your named etched in GOLD.