By Colombo Telegraph –
A Minister and a member of the notorious Parliamentary Select Committee which investigated Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was also among the Golden key depositors the Colombo Telegraph can reveal today.
The name sited as Dr N.H.R.H. Senaratne, NIC number 501501760 V, who deposited RS 7,500,000 is none other than Dentist and MP Rajitha Senaratne. This information has been extracted from Watawala report.
By being a Golden Key Depsitor, Dr. Senaratne demonstrates a significant personal interest in an important part of the subject matter under inquiry. What makes matters worse, is the fact that he has not at any stage disclosed this conflict of interest to the CJ or her legal team – and CJ would have been well within her rights to object to him being a member if this was done. If the PSC purports to exercise ‘judicial power’, such undisclosed (and apparently hidden) personal interest arguably constitutes denial of the requirements of natural justice. It could also be argued to amount to corruption, in as much as the PSC would effectively be seeking to consider the propriety of the CJ’s conduct in relation to the Golden Key case, which can only be done by persons who (unlike Rajitha Senaratne) have NO personal financial interest in the matter. Another serious and ugly concern arises – whether those who secured Dr. Senaratne’s appointment to the PSC were (a) aware of this conflict of interest and were furthering such corruption and/or sought to use such conflict of interest to somehow procure purported ‘findings’ to the detriment of the CJ, and more seriously to the detriment of the Rule of Law and due judicial process and judicial independence.
Many commentators describe the Parliamentary Select Committee against Chief Justice as a Kangaroo Court