25 September, 2020

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De Facto CJ Pieris Deciding Counsel: Gota To Arrange Meetings

The Ministry of Defence is poised to control the Supreme Court through de facto Chief Justice Mohan Pieris, who was one time an advisor to the Ministry, the Colombo Telegraph learns. The de facto Chief Justice’s close association with the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, after the former served on various Defence boards have meant that the Supreme Court had been placed under the indirect control of Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, legal sources told Colombo Telegraph.

Pieris and Gotabaya

Information is emerging of several cases where the litigants have approached politicians in respect of cases. The politicians then refer the litigants to the  Secretary to the Ministry of Defence who in turn had gone to the extent of arranging meetings with the de facto Chief Justice.

In one such case, involving the Ceylon Tobacco Company (case regarding the pictorial warnings on  packets), Mohan Pieris  gave an audience to a few representatives of the  CTC, who were told by the de facto Chief Justice to change the Counsel (Romesh de Silva, PC) and retain one of the more regime friendly lawyers.

Peiris had also suggested the names of few such lawyers including Ali Zabri, a private lawyer who appeared for Defence Secretary in his defamation case against The Sunday Leader. The CTC thereafter retained Faiz Mustapha, (father of Deputy Minister Faizer Mustapha) and Ali Zabri.

Having learnt of this move, the country’s anti smoking lobby including JHU MP Ven. Aturaliye Ratana Thero then made representations to the political authorities to make the de facto Chief Justice neutral in this case. However, the outcome of these protests and appeals is not yet known.

In several cases involving the Urban Development Authority (UDA)  and the interests of the MOD Secretary, such appointments have been granted to meet the Chief Justice. In addition to the meetings, the opposing litigants are being influenced to settle the cases, by firstly changing the present counsel, if they are not pro-regime lawyers. In one such case  where President’s Photographer (Sudath Silva) had unlawfully secured a property through the UDA in Battaramullla, displacing a family, the litigant is now being pressurized through the authorities to change the Counsel in order to settle the matter, allegedly on the instructions of the de facto Chief Justice.

Following the impeachment of Sri Lanka’s 43rd Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, it was widely speculated that her replacement, Pieris was the choice of  Secretary to the MOD Gotabaya Rajapaksa. In several cases, CJ Pieris has been heard to make explosive and partisan statements from the bench with regard to tarnishing the image of the country through human rights litigation (in a FR case filed against the unlawful death of a prisoner during a prison riot) and refusing to adjudicate land disputes for some litigants, demanding that they instead seek to negotiate with state authorities against whom Fundamental Rights petitions were being filed.

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    Legalizing their crimes and making sure their large behinds are covered. Puppets now in place in our high courts, the dictatorship continues with no obstacles…..

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      Oh dear, Aren’t we lucky to have leaders who happen to be such great buddhists. Always in white clothes etc. Amazing such horrific things happen in our country under these people’s watch.

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    All these few months, there was not even a sign of that we ever have a CJ since the lady Dr.SB was illegally removed by president himself.

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      What is the role of a ministerial secretary today in SRILANKA ?

      Why ministers stay calm and quite while the secretary as just public servants as many others are performing political roles ?

      Definition of Secretary in SL context ?

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    “Who rule this country”

    We all repeat the same question again and again while we know the answer very well. In order to function democracy smoothly we need the stronger oppositions in addition to stronger visionary government.

    Today Sri Lanka is far away from democratic framework. The bigger problem of robbing the authority and wealth to one family is deliberately being hidden because of willful promotion of religious based tension and disharmony in the country.

    However there is a limit for every thing. Sooner or later people will realize the broader problem is nothing but power being centered in to one family.

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    A case of prostituting Professionalism at the feet of Arrogance and Ignorance. Shame! Shame! Shame!

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    Sri Lanka will always be Sri Lanka. It is an error to judge Sri Lanka using internationally accepted norms of justice and democracry. We do not have a democracy. Since independence we always had one form of Thugocracy after another. A Thugocracy masked as a democracy has always worked in Sri Lanka because the average Sri Lankan is short on memory and critical thinking. If you doubt what I say just ask yourself why would we vote the modayas and thugs into power time and time again.

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    Looks like little Gota; the hitman has got all his ayyas under control – Basil malli is an economic hitman. Dudley – what is his role – perhaps he keeps a few apts.in US in hold for them when one day they flee the country.

    Looks like we will need a war again – this time all ethnic groups united against this tyranny.

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    despite all the problems faced by the people, they will overwillingly vote for the Govt.

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    Hi Mohan Peries,
    You could do this becos in life you have nothing to loose.
    What a shame man!

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    What we need is to get back the country to its rightful owners – the Sinhalese.
    All these work of the Rajapaksa group is to remain in power at the expense of the Sinhala Nation, working according to Anglo American
    agenda.
    The President is totally misled by the agents of Anglo American conspirators,
    The President is totally misled, therefore the work We have to do is
    to get back the country to the Sinhalese who are the right owners of the country.
    It needs some active work. Please call over 2861981 Swarna Hansa Foundation to get back the country to the Sinhalese.
    Best Wishes
    Punyawardana

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    Now it struck me, why Romesh de Siva who appeared for the CTC in the Case seeking damages from the CTC was removed from the case, which is now in the supreme court.
    This is an appeal by the CTC against the order in favor of the plaintiff. The case was in the supreme court for the last several years.
    Punyawardana

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