Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake has agreed to stay only one day after reinstatement, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns.
Sources close to CJ Bandaranayaka told Colombo Telegraph that she is not willing to hear any case. “She will also resign, she is only expecting a decent farewell” they further said.
However, even if the Rajapaksa-fabricated cases against her are withdrawn, the case against her husband will be continue, a source close to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Colombo Telegraph.
Her husband Pradeep Kariyawasam is a suspect in a case before a magistrate over the NSB scandal. Kariyawasam is facing charges before the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court for causing a monetary loss to the Government to the tune of over Rs. 391 million through the unlawful purchase of The Finance Company (TFC) shares.
“Shirani Bandaranayake did not enter the official bar through the normal recruiting process. Her appointment to the Bench was purely political. Therefore she begins her career as a judge with politics. Thereafter she may have been on her own to the extent that CJ Sarath N. Silva and the other succeeding CJs were on their own, but were certainly not what Judge Mark Fernando was. Judge Bandaranayake proved she was with the Rajapaksa regime in 2010 August, when she presided over the petitions on the 18th Amendment that was shrouded in mystery where even the Cabinet of Ministers was not given time to study it, before giving consent. She knew there was no urgency for that Bill, as the President was going to take oaths for his second term, only in November, but does not dissent in her determination and insisted only on the 2/3rds majority clause knowing very well that the President had secured this in numerous ways. She had won the trust of the regime and this is what secured her the CJs appointment in May 2011,” a critic told Colombo Telegraph
“It was also this very same affinity which prompted her to throw her independence away, ridicule the independence of the Judiciary and insult the aspirations of the people by posing pose smilingly for a photograph with the Rajapaksa family after Namal Rajapaksa was sworn in as a lawyer. That broke all tradition and all ethics. It was also the trust the Rajapaksas had in Sirani Bandaranayake that paved the way for Kariyawasam to obtain top level appointments not only at the NSB but even before at the Insurance Corp.
‘It is still not known how that bond of loyalty and trust fell apart, but broken it was and the entire matter came into the public view through the impeachment process. This is where we as the public got an opportunity to forge a new alliance that may give an independent judiciary another chance. This was accidental, but we should try to use it to the advantage of the people in securing some independence. Let us also not forget that personality driven projects to secure the independence of the judiciary often does not work the right way, as we saw in the way CJ Silva behaved after falling out with Mahinda Rajapaksa.” the critic further said.
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