By Colombo Telegraph –
The Court of Appeal today observed that it has the jurisdiction to hear the writ petition filed by Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake challenging the findings of the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) and as such issued notices on the Speaker and PSC members returnable on January 3, 2013.
The Appeal Court also observed that the Speaker and the PSC members should advise themselves not to act in a derogatory manner with regard to the CJ’s rights and that any act disregarding the ongoing case and moves to alter the status quo may lead to chaotic situation in the country.
Romesh De Silva PC yesterday told courts that the PSC procedure had not followed due process and could not grant his client a fair trial. He told the court that no procedure under law to carry out an inquiry into the charges contained in the impeachment motion against his client and added that some members of the PSC had verbally abused the Chief Justice.