28 November, 2020

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Impeachment Moves Into Sakvithi-Mode

By Malinda Seneviratne

Malinda Seneviratne

Sakvithi Ranasinghe, accused of swindling clients of millions of rupees, is reported to have undressed himself in court on Friday to protest procedure.  Not everyone undresses in public in a literary sense, but many do so metaphorically.  These are days of accusation and conjecture, selective references to rules and regulations and shrill protests and counter-protests.  These are days of appearances. These are days of undressing, unwitting for the most part.

C.A. Chandraprema, columnist for The Island and well known political analyst recently stated that the accusations of vindictiveness against the government to the effect that proceedings against the Chief Justice do appear to have some logic.  To paraphrase, he said, ‘Charges are leveled against a person and thereafter his wide, who is the Chief Justice (CJ), determines that the signature development project of the Government is unconstitutional, a determination followed by impeachment proceedings; “vindictiveness” can be construed.’

The Government has, by omission certainly and possibly by commission, politicized the process, adding credence to the vindictive-accusation.  This has led to a situation where the veracity of evidence is being question and charges are being leveled on counts of fabrication.  What is indisputable, though, is the fact the CJ’s own documents compromise her to the point of impeachment.  Her documents impeach her and moves to frill the process and turn it into a circus only robs sobriety from it and impeaches the Government on true intent.

On the other hand, if the Government wanted a circus, it seems that those who oppose the impeachment have agreed to provide the clowns.  It has come to a point where political acrobats are being upstaged by politico-legal clowns.  Let’s talk more about appearances.

People have short memories.  The first to raise objection to Shiranee Bandaranayake was the Opposition.  This was long before the Divi Neguma Bill came up.  The shrill objectors included NGO personalities with sad, clownish and pernicious track records.  Today they attend demonstrations supporting the CJ, appearing as though they’ve burnt to cinders their ‘good governance’ handbooks.  They could, if they believe they are honest (which they are not) fault the Government for what appears to be a witch-hunt but raise queries about issue of propriety in the CJ’s behavior with respect to her many bank accounts, strange deposit-withdrawal records and interest-conflict in handling the Ceylinco case.  Instead, they appear to be playing moment-politics spurred by regime-hatred.    That’s self-stripping of a kind.

Then we have the lawyers playing kattadiya and turning the Supreme Court into a thovil-maduwa, a circus in its own right.  If the Government is finger-poking and thereby desecrating those hallowed chambers of justice, these ladies and gentlemen are but playing accessories-after-the-fact or worse, besting the Government in some strange game to turn the judiciary into a laughing stock in the public eye.   They have played political-entourage to the CJ’s manifest assumption of a political persona.  They’ve cheered the CJ and the CJ has acknowledged with tacit if not open encouragement.   The independence of the judiciary and especially the Supreme Court, then, in this instance at least, has been damaged not by the executive or legislative but by the lawyers and judges themselves.  Self-immolation, one might call it.  It can also be called self-stripping.  How this impacts the CJ’s ability to hear cases where clients are represented by what might be called (members of) her cheering squad does not require elaboration.

Then there are those special lawyers, those who have been retained to represent the CJ’s interest directly and those, like Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, who are batting for her outside the impeachment process.  It is strange that some of these very people have and are representing Ceylinco against the depositors who were robbed of millions and millions of rupees.  Strange, also, because of a) the CJ’s decision to) take over the case, b) the manifest leniency on the accused and foot-dragging in concluding the case in contradiction of assurances given to depositors, and c) the involvement in purchasing a Ceylinco property.   Nothing illegal about it of course but it is still hard to digest.

Politicians strip themselves often enough.  That’s not news. Here, though, we are seeing a new set of strippers, who don’t want to acknowledge stripping and would have us believe they are fully clothed.

At the end of the day, Sakvithi Ranasinghe looks more clothed than this lot.  More honest.  And that, ladies and gentlemen is not something to laugh about.

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    Do you and Rajpal type your columns in the nude too? :O

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      Presidunce Bean;
      Please don’t give these pandankarayas any new ideas because if that is what their Lord and Master asks for they might oblige. And then we’d all have to walk around wearing “shades” to avoid damage to our eyes! You wouldn’t want that to happen would you?

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      Another piece of trip – good to wipe Rajapassa’s ass! These so-called editors are a disgrace to the profession.
      If they have nothing to say, no analysis to offer, they should SHUT UP!
      They write crap in order to justify drawing a pay check from the Dictatro’s gravy train!

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        Dinuk says:

        “They write crap in order to justify drawing a pay check from the Dictatro’s gravy train!”

        I don’t think Mahinda is paying Malinda.
        Mahinda knows the value of money, he intents to grab more not waste on this silly fool.

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    “Politicians strip themselves often enough. That’s not news. Here, though, we are seeing a new set of strippers, who don’t want to acknowledge stripping and would have us believe they are fully clothed.”

    Like you, perchance??

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    CJ is behaving like a union thug… She should leave quietly now.

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      If CJ is behaving like a thug what yous ay about Proesident. He is a thug a thrid rate one

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    Chief Kattadiya is your boss and all the Thakkadiyas are at the Diyawanna. The CJ pooja was held with the thakkadiyas Booruwanse and bigamist Dilan. However the Bhuthaya has escaped and is now sitting on your bosses head.

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    Malinda its high time you join your wife’s big family business without writing crap.

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      Ans we all know how there’s no corruption in that ‘family’ business..all in good time Malinda..wait till that information comes out soon. You might have to regret some of your mighty talk these days

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      babsy says:

      “Malinda its high time you join your wife’s big family business without writing crap.”

      Why would Malinda’s wife want him to join her big family business if he is capable of writing crap?

      I wouldn’t, would you?

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    Malinda, During the war you were one of the patriots who exposed those who were anti war , pro NGO, peace Nicks and so on.The country needs people like you. So keep exposing the corrupt CJ and her henchmen from the Opposition who are backing her. And supported by the ‘Black Coat Sharks’. Now they are fighting among themselves. By walking out of the meeting the CJ should be impeached again for violating the Constitution .

    P.A.Samaraweera

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      Ado Panty washer of First Lady!

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      P.A.Samaraweera:

      “The country needs people like you.”

      So you can destroy what is remaining in no time. How soon you have planned to destroy it?

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    ah as usual. the small ‘tokka’ for the regime and then untrammelled vitriol directed at all those who might dare to stand against his boss. this is getting so old with this writer now.

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    This guys is talking about Cj’s spouse and the charges against him. Doesn’t he recall what his boss said on Tuesday about ‘shaping it all up since he is THEIR man?’ On those epic statements he has nothing to say. And interesting questions could also be asked about the recent controversy at sanasa bank. the cover up this writer orchestrated by calling various papers and asking them not to publish? Like boss, like slave.

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    I laughed and laughed and laughed

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      Leela

      is laughing all the way to mental hospital.

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    The judiciary was compliant with the regime, obediently approving expropriation of assets, the 18th amendment and much else.

    Then came the Mannar incident, when a judge came under attack. The judges were assured of justice, but instead the minister was protected. That is when they woke up and tried to assert some independence. This was swiftly dealt with, the Secretary of JSC and now the CJ.

    Other fervant supporters of the regime, may, in time, discover the truth. By then, they may find themselves in the same position; under attack, with no one left to speak out.

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      Bamboo warrior:
      Truer words have not been spoken! this is a case of the biter having got bit. Unfortunately, however, the larger issue is what is left of the independence of the judiciary and the (final) opportunity to save it and maybe the obligation to save the CJ for that reason.

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    LET US HAVE MORE NEWS OF MALINDA’S WIFE’S LARGE ILLGOTTEN FAMILY BUSINESS AND SCREW MALINDA WELL AND TRULY. MAYBE THEN HE WOULD STOP WRITING ALL THESE CRAP.

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    When CJ’s husband was accused of Fraud, he in turn accused powerful govt politicians directing him to engage in that Fraud. No one is talking about that except the statement made by the president who said he saved the CJ’s husband because he is his man.

    With respect to the Impeachment comedy, these seemingly moderate but govt -aligned journalists just like this Malinga, they don’t talk about the concocted charges such as CJ’s sister buying a house that that is one charge against the CJ. CJ did not report inactive bank accounts and that is another charge.

    It looks the truth is that the govt’s legal draftman was an idiot and he wrote a Divineguma bill which was destined to fail at the Supreme court. Then the govt wanted some drama during the time of the Budget.

    Some how this is the Mahinda Chintanaya works. Use high hand techniques to win.

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    This Guy who was born to swindle, was stripped of all his attires and has been stark naked for quite some time and therefore guess there is nothing more for him to undress!

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    What does this writer have to say now about the GK depositors on the tree inside the Superior Court Complex – watched by the police – and beamed live on ITN? Not as much of a circus as the Lawyer kattadiyas?

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