The De Facto Chief Justice Mohan Pieris has spent over Rs. 7 million off the Supreme Court fund to pay for luxury accommodation and entertaining a US district judge and his wife who have not visited Sri Lanka on an official tour, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns.
It has been revealed that the Judge who serves at the Nevada Supreme Court has not visited Sri Lanka on a regular exchange program but was in the island upon invitation extended by Pieris. He had accommodated the couple in a luxury apartment and had spent a whopping Rs. 2.5 million as entertainment allowance alone.
During their stay in Sri Lanka, Pieris had arranged and funded helicopter rides for the couple to travel to the North as well as various other parts of the country, lavishly drawing finances off tax payer money. He had also instructed local judges – 20 in each batch – to spend time with Judge Hunt.
Furthermore during discussions with Judge Hunt, it had been explicitly revealed that although he was invited and brought down to Sri Lanka, he has not been paid any professional payments. But he had informed that unlike in the US, he was given a Mercedes Benz car for his use (usually given to serving Supreme Court judges) by the Supreme Court Registrar.
Colombo Telegraph also learns that the total expenditure of Judge Hunt and his wife’s stay in Sri Lanka, has been directly financed by the Supreme Court Registrar. Interestingly, such budgetary allocations have not been included in financial allocations made by the Parliament to the Supreme Court.