Presidential pet Governor of Northern Province Suren Rāghavan’s attempt at hoodwinking the President and the Foreign Ministry to enter a bipartisan negotiation with the Government of India in total violation of Sri Lanka’s constitution was raised in parliament yesterday by lawmaker M.A. Sumanthiran PC.
With the Exposé of the list of delegates in Rāghavan’s illegal “official visit” by Colombo Telegraph, it is reported that the legal community is stirred in controversy to note that a serving judge Manickavasagar Ilanchelian’s name appearing in the said list. As an officer of the judiciary holding a position warranting absolute impartiality and refrainment from politicking, llanchelian has violated the law of the land and the ethics of the legal service by being a part to an illegal effort of the bungling governor at overstepping authority and violating the constitution. Yesterday in parliament, Sumanthiran called this a “ridiculous state that the Executive has come to”.
Sources close to Tilak Marapana, Minister of Foreign Affairs confirmed that Ilanchelian’s professional misconduct shall be taken before the Judicial Service Commission’s upcoming sitting. “The gravity of the involvement of Ilanchelian in this unconstitutional move is well understood. It has further marred the crumbling reputation of the judiciary coming under constant fire by the public, social media and the legal community itself. Ilanchelian has taken political stoogery and naked breach of ethics to the next level. His office represents one of the three pillars of governance. He should not have fallen prey to the cheap political tactics of Governor Rāghavan”
“It is common knowledge that Ilanchelian was aiming for a life in politics. He appealed to the collective emotions of the Sinhalese in the south capitalizing on the death of his body guard, portraying himself as the savior of his grief stricken Sinhala family. He capitalized it to such nauseating extent that within days we suspected his political aspirations. The cat is out of the bag now. Suren Rāghavan is also setting the stage for his launch in politics with cryptic elements in India backing him. Who are the agencies or persons giving Rāghavan the confidence to violate the constitution? The invisible Indian element behind this move cannot be taken lightly. Rāghavan is clearly an agent of a bigger game plan. Is an Indian agency funding Rāghavan’s political career? Whose mandate is Rāghavan carrying out?” our source from the Northern Provincial Council stated.
Further commenting on the debacle, our Foreign Ministry source stated “The Minister of Foreign affairs Tilak Marapana has seen the observations of Sri Lanka’s envoy to India Ambassador Austin Fernando regarding this attempt at the violation of the constitution. It is reported that Fernando, an expert in the subject of devolution of power, in his characteristically straight forward and fact based manner had gone to the extent of quoting the case, Shiva Vs Felix where the former Chief Justice of Sri Lanka GPS De Silva has judged such encroachments in to administrative boundaries to be extremely detrimental to the sanctity of the constitution. Fernando has warned off Rāghavan’s attempt to usurp the powers vested on the Foreign Ministry and the President. He has also made an impassioned request to uphold the sanctity of the constitution stating that if violating the constitution is allowed in this instance “I have no other option but to worship the judgement by Justice GPS De Silva.”
“Upon reading Ambassador Fernando’s damning letter, Tilak Marapana immediately traced the referenced judgement by GPS De Silva and confirmed Fernando’s observations to be true,” our source at the Foreign Ministry confirmed.
Our Foreign Ministry source stated “President’s new found pets are not only digging a political grave for him out of self-interest. They are also genuinely ignorant about the history, principals and the laws pertaining to the devolution of power. Isn’t it deplorable that throughout this to and fro process, there wasn’t a single officer in the Sri Lanka Administrative Service or the Foreign Service to state the obvious and defend the constitution till Fernando did?”