Colombo Telegraph

Defer From Taking Any Further Steps Until An Independent Committee Is Appointed – CJ Writes To The Speaker

By Colombo Telegraph

“The people of the Country (the Sovereign) have an inalienable right that their Chief Justice be given, a fair trial by an independent and impartial tribunal in keeping with the universally accepted rules and norms.We annex herewith for your ready reference, the proposal contained in the draft Constitution of the year 2000 with regard to the procedure for removal of the Judges (Chief Justice).Thus, we request you to defer from taking any further steps until an independent Committee is appointed to inquire in to the matter.” the lawyers for the Chief Justice Dr. Shirani A. Bandaranayake wrote to the Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa.

We publish below the full text of  the letter;

Date:  7th December 20 12

Neelakandan & Neelakandan

Your Ref  :

Our Ref  :  KNISRNPN-SC(206)

 

Hon. Chamal Rajapaksa

The Honourable Speaker

Parliament Secretariat

Sri Jayewardenepura.

Kotte.

Honourable Sir,

We are instructed by our Client, Hon. Dr. Shirani A. Bandaranayake.

As you are no doubt aware, our Client has withdrawn from the proceedings of the Select Committee and the reasons have been given.

We write to request you to defer any further action until an independent and impartial panel is appointed to inquire in to the allegations.

Our  Client is absolutely innocent of the  allegations and is convinced  that  she will be exonerated of any wrongdoing by an independent and impartial tribunal.

Our Client re-iterates that the charges are baseless and groundless and can easily be refuted. The issue is of broader and of wider relevance than our Client’s rights and affects the integrity and independence of the judiciary.

Thus in the interests of the judiciary and in the interests of the country and in the interests of our Client, we request that our Client be given the opportunity of vindicating herself before an independent and impartial tribunal.

The people of the Country (the Sovereign) have an inalienable right that their Chief Justice be given, a fair trial by an independent and impartial tribunal in keeping with the universally accepted rules and norms.

We annex herewith for your ready reference, the proposal contained in the draft Constitution of the year 2000 with regard to the procedure for removal of the Judges (Chief Justice).

Thus, we request you to defer from taking any further steps until an independent Committee is appointed to inquire in to the matter.

Yours faithfully

Neelakandan

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