Reports of the next appointment to one of the vacancies in the country’s apex court – the Supreme Court has sent shockwaves within the Sri Lankan legal and judicial circles with a close ally of Basil Rajapaksa, Priyantha Jayawardena PC being nominated as a Supreme Court judge.
Priyantha Jayawardena PC who started his legal career as an officer at the Attorney-General reverted to the private bar a few years later. He came into prominence mainly for his connection to Minister Basil Rajapaksa. He was widely seen as playing a central role in the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Banadaranayake, and according to close sources his legal acumen was amply demonstrated in the flawed charge sheet issued during the impeachment process and several defects in the Divi Neguma Bill which he is reported to have drafted.
Jayawardena was also a beneficiary of the mass elevation of the President’s Counsel recently. Colombo Telegraph also learns that Jayawardena was involved in many “deals” as he is also a close associate of business tycoon Harry Jayawardena. As a Supreme Court Judge Jayawardena will hear important commercial and political cases.