“No there is nothing wrong in bringing an impeachment. If there are charges, she has to be impeached; there is no question about it. Chief Justice or no Chief Justice, one cannot have improprieties and that is fundamental. That is why I have no objection against this case.” says Sarath N. Silva, the most corrupt Chief Justice of Sri Lanka.
In an an interview with Daily FT journalist Chamitha Kuruppu, the former Chief Justice said “the charges framed against Neville Samarakoon were some frivolous matters. Charges against me were drafted by a person who writes a tabloid newspaper. In fact I wanted to answer those charges but the Secretary General of the Parliament said I could do so because the charges had not been accepted. They were absolutely frivolous. But the charges against Chief Justice Bandaranayake touch upon financial improprieties and so on. The crucial matter is that there is a case of bribery against the Chief Justice’s husband. I feel the Chief Justice should have been well advised to take leave during that period and allow that case to go on. Or some such mechanism should have been resorted to in discussion with the President to avoid such a situation. Now the Government can also say ‘how can we charge with bribery when the wife is the Head of the Judiciary?’ To begin with, I don’t know why the Government gave that job to the husband. I blame both parties. But the upshot of it is that our whole institution suffers. The charges against the Chief Justice are fairly serious. Whether these charges are true or not is a different question.”
We below give the impeachment motion against Sarath N. Silva.