By Colombo Telegraph –
Justice Gavin Lightman disassociating himsefl from the controversial letter written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa by the International Council of Jurists, supporting the process to impeach Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.
The letter below is sent by Justice Gavin Lightman to Dr Adish Aggarwala
My concern is not the merits of the impeachment of the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka,( as to which it is not for me to judge),but the partisan and public involvement of the Association in support of one side to this high profile political dispute without prior consultation with and the agreement of the officers of the Association, and most particularly myself. I agreed to become vice-president of the Association in the understanding that it was formed to promote good relations between the UK and Indian judiciary and legal professions and promote legal education and exchanges.I would not have agreed to join the Association if I had known that it was to involve itself in matters such as this. I must also doubt whether the distinguished foreign judges and lawyers who spoke and participated in the Associations conferences would have done so if they had known that the Associations activities would extend to involvement in such a dispute.You however evidently take a different view as to the scope of the permissible activities of the Association.In the circumstances regretfully I have no alternative but to resign as Vice President.I am concerned to disassociate myself from the position taken by you in the name of the Association regarding the impeachment of the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka and I must authorise others (if they so wish) to publicise this letter and its contents.