The Bar Association of Sri Lanka has refused to welcome the present de facto Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, despite several attempts made by pro government lawyers, Colombo Telegraph learns.
Former Vice President of the BASL Anoma Gunatilaka who resigned when the Bar voted overwhelmingly to support Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake during the impeachment and resolved to refrain from welcoming and illegally appointed successor, and W. Dayaratne along with recently appointed PCs have now organised a felicitation dinner to show the world that the “Bar” is with Mohan Pieris.
Interestingly, it has been organised for Monday night, the day hand picked judges meet Navi Pillay to impress upon her that the Sri Lankan judiciary is upto the mark on the protection of human rights. The lawyers working in all state institutions and Forces are mandatorily required to attend tonight’s dinner while all Partners of all the legal Firms have been given the books of 10 tickets (and often spoken to personally by the judges) to ensure attendance of the lawyers.
The Bar Association of Sri Lanka has decided to boycott the event.
The de facto Chief Justice was formerly the advisor to the Cabinet, the infamous Defence Ministry and the spokesman of the Government of Sri Lanka who had defended the Sri Lankan human rights record in Geneva. During his brief period as the Attorney General he is credited with having totally politicised the AG’s department.
In a news flash an SMS is currently being circulated through the lawyers with the following message:
“A felicitation of the de facto CJ without the BASL blessings to be held on Monday evening by a grateful group of lawyers. In reaction to the inconvenient pressure group “Lawyers for Democracy”, those who attending this function are to be used to form a counter pressure group – “Lawyers for Favors”.