1 October, 2020

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Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya Charged With Corruption

Activist Nagananda Kodituwakku today charged Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya before the Supreme Court for abuse of office of the AG to confer a favour to the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to suspend the Provincial Elections completely disregarding the Supreme Court determination on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution where the Court has ruled that the suspension of elections was illegal and cannot be done without obtaining a mandate from the people, who enjoy absolute power, the sovereignty over all organs of the government under the Republican Constitution.

Jayantha Jayasuriya -Attorney General

In the action filed (SC/Writs/5/2017) Kodituwakku has also charged all three Commissioners of the Corruption Commission and its Director General for their dismal failure to act as required by law and to initiate a credible investigation into the complaint he had made against Jayasuriya for abuse of office.

He drew the attention of the Court to a letter dated 20th Sep 2017 sent to the Speaker by the AG (a copy of the letter was produced in Court by the Activist) which states as follows:

“… I have to advice you that in terms of the Standing Orders of Parliament, an amendment to a Bill could be introduced at the Committee Stage and the authority that can determine its admissibility is the Hon’ Speaker..”.

Quoting a paragraph from Erskine May on Parliamentary Practice (24th Edition) Jayasuriya further informs the Speaker as follows:

“… Erskine May on Parliamentary Practice [24th Edition] at page 547 states ‘… As in other matters of order, admissibility of an amendment can ultimately be decided only by the House itself, there being no authority which can in advice rule an amendment out of order…'”

The activist Nagananda producing the relevant page (page 547) from the said book before the Court states that the above statement made by Jayasuriya is absolutely false und unfounded and there is no such reference in the said page quoted by the AG Jayasuriya where the AG had effectively challenges the authority of the Supreme Court.

Activist states that AG Jayasuriya who vigorously defended the failed 20th Amendment Bill to the Constitution at the Special Determination hearing on the 08th of September 2017, deliberately ignored the Supreme Court ruling on the said 20th Amendment Bill and provided manifestly false advice to the 9th Respondent to pass the Bill titled ‘Provincial Council Elections (Amendment) Bill’ by fraudulent means. He states further that the said act by the AG amounts to betrayal of the trust placed in the office of the Attorney General by the people and that by doing so he had deliberately abused the office of the AG to confer favours to the Prime Minister Wickramasinghe to postpone the Provincial Council elections by fraudulent means.

Quoting from the Constitution [Article 77(2)] Kodituwakku further states that the AG is not at all authorized to express any opinion where a Bill requires approval by the people at a referendum and the power of which is vested only in the Supreme Court. However, the AG has abused the office to provide a false advise the Speaker to pass the Bill with a Special Majority whereas approval of the people at a referendum was required to enact the said Bill.

The activist producing evidence in detail about the abuse of office by the AG Jayasuriya requested the Supreme Court to issue a mandatory order compelling the Corruption Commission to initiate a credible and independent investigation/inquiry into the plausible complaint made by him against the AG Jayasuriya as expeditiously as possible.

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  • 60
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    There are so many charged for corruption, but nothing is happening . All fart no shit. This is the only country the corrupt can escape through the hospitals with a VIP status

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      roy,

      Welcome to the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, illegally occupied by the Paras who came by Hora-Oru and Kalla-Thonis, turning the pristine land into a Para-corrupted Land.

      Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations

      https://www.nature.com/articles/jhg2013112

      Journal of Human Genetics (2014) 59, 28–36 (2014)

      Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.

    • 17
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      Good work Mr. Nagananda Kodituwakku! We want a government who goes after the Rajapaksas Criminal network and puts them away for good and not one that tries to postpone elections in order to defeat them…

      We don’t want these criminals to be given any room to start running amok…

      #INTERPOL #FCID

    • 2
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      There should be a day of reckoning for these scoundrels.

  • 29
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    No wonder that Sri Lanka justice system goes down ..He may have been promoted by MR and co..
    Check it up if he had any connection with former government ..
    They messed it up all .
    All corruption came from top to bottom.

  • 18
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    Just fine him 1000 rupees and send him off.

  • 2
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    Mr. Nagnanda Kodothuwakku: As I see, there are two matters to be considered: (1) The 20th Amendment to the “CONSTITUTION”. (2) An Amendment to an Act of Parliament already in force. We all know that “20th Amendment to the Constitution” was “Rejected” by the Supreme Courts and it was accordingly “Withdrawn”. Therefore, in actual fact there is no “20th” Amendment” that we can speak of any more. Next No. (2) is an “Amendment” to an existing Act of Parliament. The question, therefore is: Does that need a “Referendum ” OR a Amending Bill to be approved by the Legislature by a majority? You or any other expertise could be able to educate us on this matter, so that we can arrive at a decision as regards the maintainability of your case against AG in Supreme Courts.

  • 14
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    Nagananda Kodituwakku is pending his time and money to bring about some fundamental changes. This is meritorious.
    The title of the CT report is “Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya Charged With Corruption” is misleading. CT bloody well knows that hearing a case lodged takes a long long time.
    The title may appear to cynically mock NK’s effort. Hope it is not deliberate. If it is, shame shame on you CT.

  • 15
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    I think, Attorney General is also in a very difficult position. They need to bring up their fzamilies and live lives. Otherwise, it is the responsibility of Ranil wickrmasinghe as a veteran politician with 40 years of experience, as the PM of a country, as a leader of 23 years of a party leader he should have stepped down, before his “clarification” as a respectable leader. Instead he chose to stay behind the parliament immunity and clarify it. When many open trails said that PM was the instigator and all along he tried his best to cover up the whole case. IF he is clean and if he is responsible why he is holding the same Arjun Mahendran in his ministry. Remember, he highlighted that Arjun Mahendran has mislead him so may times. Ranil even did not accuse RAVI THE LIAR for anything. It is Ranil who appointed a MP with money laundering accusations as the finance minister position. It is Ranil in preparation for the robbery took the Central bank under him. So, accusing AG is sort of bullying. Not all choose to go against the boss and ruin their carrers or leave the country. If AG can talk, he may so many secrets in his bags. Important thing is get him to talk.

    • 8
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      Well said JS. PM is in the centre of this mega scam. He cannot fire AM for fear of him spilling the beans. Gangsters bonded by one objective, try to beat MR in the amount of national assets that they could strip off from public assets. Damn traitors.

  • 14
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    All are charged with corruption but not one SOB has been convicted and jailed.
    This country is a circus of buffoons and arseholes ( please pardon the language ) who need to be whipped nude in public and then hung from lamp posts.
    In reality the public needs to be governed by the mentioned because all they are fit for is to stand in the line and cast their votes to the walking, talking, shit buckets.

  • 5
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    Please go ahead Mr. Kodituwakku. Best of your luck!

  • 8
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    CT,
    .
    “Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya Charged With Corruption”
    .
    “Activist Nagananda Kodituwakku today charged Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya before the Supreme Court for abuse of office of the AG”
    .
    While I thank you for your work I cannot help noticing that you are misleading the readers with your choice of words. Alleged “abuse of office” is not necessarily corruption and the verb “charge” is not correct in this context.

    • 7
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      The pompous idiot JJ is incompetent. Proved himself so at the bond scam commission hearing when he was questioning RW. Corrupt? Yes, otherwise why would he let RW off the hook. He came to rescue the PM as the latter was stuck between a rock and a hardface.

    • 1
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      LW
      Like selective reporting, sensation is also part of journalism.
      This is not the first time that such things happened here.
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      Say ‘accused of something’ not many will bother to take a look; say ‘charged with something’ and nearly all are tempted to read.

      • 0
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        SJ,
        .
        We are all humans and nobody is totally objective.
        .
        Did you try to publish what was published by the Island here?

  • 5
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    Is he also a Royalist ?

  • 1
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    This is the guy AG, is that first person in Judiciary enforcement authority has supressed Right to Vote of citizens of Republic of Sri lanka.
    That is not only criminal offence his all advices as aim at by totally destroy basic pillars of Democracy. He attack basic foundation of democratic structure of an Island constitution by advice of Primer Ranil Wicks and Speaker of Chamber?
    What we have do it that now an immediately suspension his duties as AG and send him compulsory leave on duty by promptly. He is traitor of norms of Democracy that enjoy by all Sri lanakn!@
    How can he remain in position of AG under current offence against nation constitution? The UNP Prime of Ranil Wicks MS of President and CBK of Tamil Feudal Federalist are backing behind the screen. Three of incorrigible leaders( Ranil W.. MS and CBK) are enemies of sovereignty of -democracy in our Land. . They will destroy democracy by name of good governances and rule of law?

  • 4
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    Dear Lone Wolf,

    Thanks for that bit of fine-tuning. I still don’t know who exactly you are, but you obviously know much more than you display. Just imagine you being familiar with Franz Kafka!

    *

    You are also a good man, and a responsible one. We desperately need Sinhalese and Tamil people telling each other the truth about things. It goes without saying that none of us will ever hit on absolute truth – all becomes relative. A corollary may be that while some people MUST be personifications of evil, judging by what they do, a little good may come even from them. So let’s hope that Nagananda’s action does yield positive results – and it may be that the current Attorney-General is also a guy who can still do some good.

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    By the way, what sort of line is the JVP toeing now on the “National Question”? Elseshere you have spoken of their posters in Jaffna. Two Tamil strangers, spoken to on buses, have told me that JVP haS risen above the Sinhala chauvinism which they once espoused. If they evolve in to a genuine left party (I’m not reading Marx!) that rises above communalism, that will be a positive.

    *

    I see that Maithripala has managed to get some lady M.P. to cross over from Wimal Weerwansa’s party. I wish Maithri well at these elections, but the problem with these cross-overs is that he’s compromising his own positions.

    *

    Oh, well: politics is a dirty game. We are voters, not politicians. So let us contribute by resolving not to vote for “family and friends”, but rise above it to consider higher issues.

    *

    On the other hand, talking to vegetable and fruit vendors bringing their wares from afar to the Sunday Fair one feels that the price of those tiny coconuts, will play a major role in the elections. Our only Cargills is one of the four oldest in the country – well over hundred years, I believe. Two more to open very soon – affecting the shop-keepers, no doubt. But hose nasty shopkeepers will be the candidates at the Local Elections for all parties. And these shopkeepers don’t allow the poor vendors in to the town, except on Sundays.

    The politicians may be devils, but aren’t we angelic? Well, let’s not be fools when voting!

    • 1
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      Sinhala_Man,
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      “But hose nasty shopkeepers will be the candidates at the Local Elections for all parties. And these shopkeepers don’t allow the poor vendors in to the town, except on Sundays.”
      .
      Interesting and sadly this makes sense.
      .
      “By the way, what sort of line is the JVP toeing now on the “National Question”? Elseshere you have spoken of their posters in Jaffna. Two Tamil strangers, spoken to on buses, have told me that JVP haS risen above the Sinhala chauvinism which they once espoused. If they evolve in to a genuine left party (I’m not reading Marx!) that rises above communalism, that will be a positive.”
      .
      I do not know the details but they are offering themselves as an alternative. Their campaign started early. As I wrote earlier the other parties are unlikely to offer anything new unless there are new surprising independent candidates. More women will be elected but I am pretty sure that most of them will not rock the boat. The JVP has an active cell in at least one of the traditionally excluded locations.

  • 3
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    Erskine May on Parliamentary Practice[24th Edition] page 547 has been highlighted by the AG- Jayantha Jayasuriya briefing The Speaker.

    Nagananda takes up the position that there is no such reference in the said page,quoted by the AG.
    Well if that be the case the AG has fooled both the Speaker and the Soupreme Court.
    The spelling of Supreme Court is intentional!
    Would the AG go to that extent? Would Nagananda mislead Court?
    I would have my fingers crossed!

    • 2
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      Plato,

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      Will the spelling of “Soupreme Court” be for Ever!

    • 0
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      Plato
      “Would Nagananda mislead Soupreme Court?”
      May be , Lord Nasbey(Nasty) would have an answer.

      • 0
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        Uthungan

        Rajeewa Jayaweera ought to know the answer.

  • 0
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    We have respect to Nayanada Kodituwaku did a good job. We have to an appreciated by approach and role played by Nayanadaa the very vital interest of Public-rights and survival democracy an Island is important.
    By and large the people of Sri Lankan could give their gratitude to Nayanada by exposing all ill acts of AG of that misrule of law of Land by orders of Premier and Speakers of House of Karu Jayasooriya.
    We want to be removed as AG from the his position is harm system of democracy by immediate effects.
    Current AG is undermined system of prevailing sovereignty is fundamental right of People.

  • 1
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    Mr. Kodittuwaku.
    Whether you are successful or not in your efforts to weed out the corrupt, and punish
    them, the fact remains you have exposed the corrupt and the people will Judge.
    In variably the the blunders made by the Government departments are defended by the AG”s department in the courts at no cost to the department concerned, including FR petitions(My Experience). Thus the departments continue to act with impunity.Hence the departments under public scrutiny should defend themselves at their own cost in the Court of Law.

  • 0
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    Dr…… K Anaga..
    This where is the failure comes that our system of Judiciary has been an introduce by Westminster system of Judiciary- Rule of Law by her Imperials Majesty of House of Windsor which that protected rights of colonial masters.

    Still these are remnants of British Colonial Laws has given that culprits to escape from accountability of crime committed against People of Sri Lankan by that current Attorney General of Jayasooriya is the latest example in Hulfdope.

    All legal cost will be born by current AG but not that by Poor Tax payers money.
    The AG’s accountability of wrong legal verdicts has given the his personal gain of position to become which pave way to that kicking upstairs to Supreme Court higher position.!!!
    By assumed that Green light has given by UNP Ranil Wicks and Speaker of House that Karu Jayasooriya ?
    This is a tip of political corruptions born by political classes want remain power without consent of norms of democracy!.

    His intention of moving is that very clear, which his aim of betray the Right to Vote of Public that a criminal offence, out of that result by AG’s responsibility and his accountability is there.
    His personal blunders of violation of constitution could not taken over by the Tax Payers of Treasury of GOSL..

    He has to pay all legal cost by his own pocket for Injustice done to People of our land.

  • 2
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    Attorney General should be taken to task as he is holding back files without filing legal action for cases where CID has completed the investigation.

  • 0
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    The people of all communities should come together and demand to be allowed to appoint members for independent monitoring commissions ,especially for the Judicial, Police, customs ,narcotics, foreign aids and grants , government tenders, human right abuses ,safeguarding the rights of all citizens , make employees of all government institutions ,mainly transport ,etc shareholders ,and provide equal economic opportunity to all citizens. .This can only happen by the people demanding a constitution that covers the above. Let all citizens make a fair profit , make sure the grants are distributed to the poor ,so they too can become contributors to the economy instead of remaining poor to be continuously used as voter base.

  • 0
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    The truth is , every time some money came into pur treasury , earthier way ,via aid,grant or Word bank , no debts were ever PSID or very little was paid ,the pilfering was not contained within. Rajapakshes as everyone would like to believe ,every single person with then government ,from peon to toilet washer ,to pavement hawker to mafias all made hay while the Sunshine’s . and today it is no different it is the same drama . so please think well before you vote they ate spending in millions the money your children to great grand children have to pay ,do we really need an election ? Did our vote ever mattered ? Did anyone ever do what we wanted them to do ? And what have the so-called local governments etc ever do ,what benefits ? I truly believe a new system to be introduced and let the executive President select without prejudice members from all parties and divide the areas and appoint them to run the local governments until next Presidential election . we save money and that is what we need badly today.
    Please cancel the election and use your Executive powers Mr. President.

  • 0
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    Mr.G.Ginasoma.
    Thank you for your response. Now that we are discussing Matters Connected With , Courts, Law, Attorney General , I may mention other relevant matters too. Recently I read a press report which stated that ‘MPs Committee slams Laws’ delays, as serious and shameful’…… yes it is. However Verdict Delays are seldom pin pointed. I know of an instant(FR CASE) where hearing was completed approximately 18 months ago but the verdict has no been given. A Time frame of 2/3 months may be given to deliver the judgement. It appears the fault lies not with the judges but with the system. In this case about 17 different judges heard the case.The Judges who were on the final stages of hearing are not given sufficient time to study the case and give the verdict.Instead they are detailed to hear other cases which naturally results in undue delay. The litigants have waited for over 5 years in all to see the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ which appears to be illusive up to date. Only remedy will be to appoint more Judges and other relevant staff to expedite matters. It may be interesting to assess the number of Judges and the Number of Ministers /Deputy ministers available in Srilanka.

  • 0
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    Mr.G.Ginasoma.
    Thank you for your response. Now that we are discussing Matters Connected With , Courts, Law, Attorney General , I may mention other relevant matters too. Recently I read a press report which stated that ‘MPs Committee slams Laws’ delays, as serious and shameful’…… yes it is. However Verdict Delays are seldom pin pointed. I know of an instant(FR CASE) where hearing was completed approximately 18 months ago but the verdict has no been given. A Time frame of 2/3 months may be given to deliver the judgement. It appears the fault lies not with the judges but with the system. In this case about 17 different judges heard the case.The Judges who were on the final stages of hearing are not given sufficient time to study the case and give the verdict.Instead they are detailed to hear other cases which naturally results in undue delay. The litigants have waited for over 5 years in all to see the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ which appears to be illusive up to date. Only remedy will be to appoint more Judges and other relevant staff to expedite matters. It may be interesting to assess the number of Judges and the Number of Ministers /Deputy ministers available in Srilanka.

    (The contents Refer To verdict Delays)

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    Mr.G.Ginasoma.
    Thank you for your response. Now that we are discussing Matters Connected With , Courts, Law, Attorney General , I may mention other relevant matters too. Recently I read a press report which stated that ‘MPs Committee slams Laws’ delays, as serious and shameful’…… yes it is. However Verdict Delays are seldom pin pointed. I know of an instant(FR CASE) where hearing was completed approximately 18 months ago but the verdict has no been given. A Time frame of 2/3 months may be given to deliver the judgement. It appears the fault lies not with the judges but with the system. In this case about 17 different judges heard the case.The Judges who were on the final stages of hearing are not given sufficient time to study the case and give the verdict.Instead they are detailed to hear other cases which naturally results in undue delay. The litigants have waited for over 5 years in all to see the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ which appears to be illusive up to date. Only remedy will be to appoint more Judges and other relevant staff to expedite matters. It may be interesting to assess the number of Judges and the Number of Ministers /Deputy ministers available in Srilanka.

    (The contents Refer To verdict Delays) Matters not duplicated please
    Thank you

  • 0
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    My issue is that current AG is most corrupted man in our system of judiciary since 1948 in our country.

    We should promptly sack him from the post of AG ,who betray fundamental Right of People which guaranteed by Republic Constitution of SL!
    The violation of right vote and suppressed right vote is crime against democracy undermined by AG.
    He is eligible for capital punishment by disorder of functions of ongoing capitalist system of governances. AG is a traitor of Democracy not that in words but in deeds .

    Current AG is UNP supporter ,discard an impartiality and independence law of land his behaviors is suspension leads by citizens of Sri Lankan. AG lost all credential and confidence by his own evil acts .

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