By Colombo Telegraph –
The Communist Party of Sri Lanka (CPSL) has decided not to be involved in any manner in the impeachment of the Chief Justice, Colombo Telegraph understands. This decision was taken at a meeting of the Central Committee of the Party held on 15 December. Sources told Colombo Telegraph that there had been severe critism against the impeachment process. Central Committee members had pointed out that it was important to see the real reasons behind the impeachment. They had stated that while the immediate reason was the judgment of the Supreme Court in the Divineguma Bill, the long-term aim is to have a judiciary that is subservient to the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime.
While the decision not to get involved was unanimous, Minister Chandrasiri Gajadheera had been conspicuously silent. An attempt by Raja Collure, known to be pro-regime, to allow the final decision to be taken in consultation with the other Left parties had been shouted down by Central Committee members. “We must inform the other Left parties of our decision and if possible get them around to our position”, several members had stated. CPSL sources told Colombo Telegraph that members were concerned that whatever the wishes of the majority were, the leaders would get together with the leaders of the LSSP and the Democratic Left Front and act contrary to their wishes. They were particularly suspicious of the role played by Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara.
The Central Committee also decided to call for explanation from trade union leader H.W. Piyadasa who was filed an application in the Supreme Court on behalf of the Government opposing an application against the impeachment. Piyadasa was conspicuous by his absence at the Central Committee meeting.