23 October, 2021

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Beware Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing!

By Elmore Perera –

Elmore Perera

Beware Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing! 

Diabolical/Enigmatic Sarath N. Silva

Sarath N. Silva was never guilty of attempting to conceal his arrogant conviction that no individual or body of persons could possibly have any right to call in question or inquire into his conduct, both personal and official.

In a clear attempt to prevent any inquiry into his alleged misdeeds, for which he has never shown any remorse, in June 2001 Sarath N. Silva’s Supreme Court made order restraining the Speaker from even entertaining the impeachment motion against him. Then Speaker, Anura Bandaranaike, held that the Supreme Court had no jurisdiction to issue interim orders restraining the Speaker of Parliament in respect of the steps he was empowered to take under Standing Order 78A. Not to be outdone, Sarath N. Silva exploited the goodwill of President Kumaratunga, (to whom he had already administered the Oath of office for her second term as President, initially in public, in 1999 and once again secretly in 2000, in accordance with his unique interpretation of the Constitution), and prevailed on her to immediately prorogue and thereafter dissolve Parliament. A second attempt at impeachment was effectively thwarted, and he continued his personal and official misdeeds with redoubled vigour, in a most cavalier fashion.  In public, he even denounced lawyers who charged exorbitant fees from their clients, stating that they would “roast in hell”.

On 30th December 2004, at a meeting of the Judicial Service Commission, Sarath N. Silva abused Shirani Bandaranayake J in vile language in the presence of Weerasooriya J, and others and continued to unilaterally conduct the affairs of the Judicial Service Commission in 2005, compelling them to resign from the Judicial Service Commission in January 2006, citing matters of conscience.

Having administered the “Karapincha” treatment to Minister S.B.Dissanayake and President Kumaratunga, Sarath N. Silva shifted his allegiance to Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa, cleared him from allegations of misappropriating Tsunami funds, and now proudly proclaims that he “was responsible to bring Rajapaksa into power.” His lust for power was such that he shamelessly exercised Executive power to the extent of even granting permits for harvesting of sand, until he barked up the wrong tree by determining the price at which petrol should be sold, fell foul of the President and virtually waged war on him. The chimes of time eventually rang out the news that his “reign of terror” was over and, he would have slipped unsung into oblivion, if not for his newly found religious fervour.

His overt support of General Sarath Fonseka gave him some respite and he made strong statements highly critical of the Rajapaksa regime. Having turned full circle, he is now back in the Rajapaksa camp, attempting to lend credence to the attempts to impeach the Chief Justice, whose appointment to the Supreme Court, he claims, was due to his defending the challenges to her appointment.

He has stated, inter alia, that, she should not have declined to accept the President’s invitation to meet him, she should quietly resign and go away to save the Judiciary, and, the President has the power to appoint an Acting Chief Justice in view of the impeachment proceedings.

Having exercised the power of the Judicial Service Commission to appoint a Chairman of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in terms of Art. 59(1) of the Constitution for a period of 3 years in terms of Act. No. 4 of 2002, enacted in terms of Art. 59(3) of the Constitution, he unlawfully appointed another Chairman under the same provisions when the incumbent Chairman had served only for two years. He seems to believe that Article 109(1)  which provides that “if the Chief Justice is temporarily unable to exercise, perform and discharge the powers, duties and functions of his office, by reason  of illness, absence from Sri Lanka or any other cause, the President shall appoint another Judge of the Supreme Court to act in the office of Chief Justice”, could be interpreted to mean that, notwithstanding the fact that the Chief Justice is neither ill nor absent from Sri Lanka, the words “or any other cause” could be interpreted to mean that initiation of a process of impeachment empowers the President to make such an acting appointment. He certainly knows that the “Rules of Interpretation of Statutes”  does not permit any such interpretation.

Is he entitled to continue having his name in the Roll of Attorneys-at-Law?

*Elmore Perera, Attorney-at-Law, Founder, Citizen’s Movement for Good Governance, Past President, Organisation of Professional Associations.

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    Well done.
    This guy SS needs too be distanced. His statements need to be ignored. He is already in the ‘wilderness’. Due to his vulnerability MR will use him for personal benefits. Hence he should be wiped out of all local news. Shameless Guy.

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    The call here is for the former CJ to be struck off the rolls.
    How far will the politicised BASL and other legal watch dogs to
    support and take forward this call. The media has exposed sufficiently the many misdemeanours of the man in his personal, official and public
    conduct. He has even subverted religion to serve his private ambitions.

    Senguttuvan

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    I agree but do you think the Bar cares?

    If they did, they would not have allowed him to go on for one full decade.

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    All Sri Lankan Citizens groups and exptriate community should write to UN and all these countries with proof of photos to show how when the citizens are suffering in Sri Lanka, this Dic…or is wasting our valuable foreign exchange taking plane load of antraj including dancers to entertain his foreign guests. Also he is a war criminal and a Tsunami international donation money launderer and now killing his own people in south. He should be arrested on arrival and should be sent to hague or jailed in those countries. I wonder what opposition parties and other Citizen’s rights groups are doing…….

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    The worst tragedy of Sri Lanka is not only the politicians behaving in and unprincipled and despicable behaviour a good section of the people who are educated, holding high positions and posing as respectable characters behaving like the politicians. How can this trend be corrected?

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    The less we hear about Sarath Silva the better. The man is a shameless conniving crook.

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    Sarath Silva, as the other infamous Silva, is a shameless, ruthless, hearless nasty Bastard.Apart from his Divoce matter, the case again his Keep, are examples f ow he over turned the true process of law as he save MR’s fraudulance with regad to the alleged misappopritation of Holy Sunami Funds.He would have defnitely done it for a considerable consideation.Conequently had he the right even for a moment to continue holding such a noble post. Considerng his other publicised act of misdemeanor and vulgarity, he is a post of Shit, compared to the saintly respectable current CJ, who is a pot of Curd.These bastards to teach buddhsm is a slur on the relegion.As some dark clouds have a sivler lining, he and that prostitue owe the credit for enriching Sinhala literature by addidng the phrase “GEDERA YANA GAMAMAN”

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    Sarath Silva is a shameless Bastard. He keeps other people’s wives as his concubines, circumvents the truth in giving judgements, and preaches Buddhism. What will he be born as in his next birth?

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