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Impeachment Update For The Day: Justice Shiranee Vs Chief Justice Shirani

By Colombo Telegraph

The Government Information Department  informed the public that Justice Shiranee Tilakawardene was giving evidence before the PSC. This was the first time the public or the lawyers were informed that oral evidence was being led by the PSC. As pointed out in the previous updates, the PSC had previously said that the PSC would not hear oral evidence and therefore the question of cross examination would not arise. All these evidence had been lead by the Members themselves without the participation of the Chief Justice or the Opposition Members of the PSC. 

Several witnesses, including Justice Tilakawardana,Lalith Weeratunga and Secretary of Judicial Service Commission had been summoned to give evidence with extremely short notice (within a day), contrary to the previous  pronouncements of the PSC. The proceedings continued until 10.00 p.m.

“The report is expected to be completed and printed tonight and then be placed before the Parliament by tomorrow (8th December), which is probably the most expeditious parliamentary committee report ever in the history of parliament.” a senior lawyer told Colombo Telegraph.

Here is the update for the day;

Justices Shiranee Tilakawardane

At 10.00 a.m. Lawyers Collective of Sri Lanka (representing all lawyers groups) held a press conference in the Supreme Court Complex saluting the CJ for withdrawing from the inquiry where she had been insulted by few Government Minister Members of the PSC (Wimal Weerawansa MP and Dilan Perera MP) and when the PSC failed to follow basic principles of natural justice.  She was commended by the lawyers for not legitimizing the unconstitutional inquiry that is being conducted by the PSC.

The PSC  inquiry commenced around 2.00 pm where the four Opposition Members walked out the proceedings due to the bias and arbitrary nature of the proceedings. These Members specifically stated that the Chief Justice is being humiliated by several Members representing the Government. Thereafter they held a press conference in the Parliament.

All Members in the Opposition walked out the Chambers in protest against the treatment meted out to the Chief Justice by the PSC.

Nevertheless, the remaining Members (7 out of 11 who are all representing the Government) decided to continue with the inquiry ex parte, without other Members or the Chief Justice.

In the mean time, the Chief Justice through her lawyer urged the Speaker not to proceed with the inquiry until an independent external panel examined the charges and reiterates that she would face any independent inquiry.

Soon thereafter, in the afternoon, the Government MPs, those who have signed the impeachment held a press conference in Parliament and reiterate the justification of the impeachment.

The Government Information Department then informed the public that Justice Shiranee Tilakawardene was giving evidence before the PSC. This was the first time the public or the lawyers were informed that oral evidence was being led by the PSC. As pointed out in the previous updates, the PSC had previously said that the PSC would not hear oral evidence and therefore the question of cross examination would not arise. All these evidence had been lead by the Members themselves without the participation of the CJ or the Opposition Members of the PSC. The PSC is a judicial body and therefore, there is no legal validity when four members do not participate in the proceedings.  

The Government had then made arrangements to prepare the Report and print it and the Government Printing Department was kept ready to print the report so that the PSC  could place it before the Parliament on the 8th December (last date of the sessions in the year).

Meanwhile several witnesses, including Justice Tilakawardana,Lalith Weeratunga and Secretary of Judicial Service Commission had been summoned to give evidence with extremely short notice (within a day), contrary to the previous  pronouncements of the PSC. The proceedings continued until 10.00 p.m. The report is expected to be completed and printed tonight and then be placed before the Parliament by tomorrow -8th December.

Several Opposition political parties, Trade Unions, Students’ Unions, Religious Groups and Civil Society Organisations are in the process of discussing the developments and the Bar Association of Sri Lanka is expected to meet on 8th December to take a vital decision on the issue.

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Short-Circuiting The Impeachment Process Under Consideration

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Breaking News: Here Is the Full Charge-Sheet Against Chief Justice

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    december 8, 2012 is a historic day for sri lanka – the beginning of the end of the rajapakse era! finally he has done the most undemocratic act using the 18th amendement that he passed with 2/3 majority that he did not get from the people but got thru bribing the opposition MPs!

    The silent majoriy that dissented have tolarated too long and will wake up now with CJ being impeached when parliament reconvenes in a month!

    enjoy our tax payers money for your sons to go to space, formular racing cars and speed boats until then!

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    This is Kekille era in SL. King Kekille hears cases…

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    A new CJ in the making. The entire nation know what this corrupt, boot-licking woman Tilakawardane is. She will make a bandit CJ out of herself to serve the bandit government of MR.

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      Accord Justice Tillekawardene, the respect due to her position and person that is being denied to the CJ. Two wrongs to do not make a right. We have to grant Justice Tillakawardene the benefit of the doubt. We have no idea of the evidence she gave, yet, We are assuming it was adverse. Even if adverse, it may have been truthful. What we demanded was justice for the CJ. We demanded only the right circumstances for the CJ to prove her innocence. Justice Tillekawardene has been summoned by the PSC, as had been the CJ, until she was forced to walk out.

      What otherwise would be the difference between those of us want due process and Justice for the CJ and those who have found her guilty already?

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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        Well now Dr Narendran, you know that the evidence given by Shirani T. at this bogud PSC was adverse. So what do you have to say? Pray realise that respect must be accorded to a judge when respect is due. Not otherwise.

        If you were in legal cricles you would know the truth, how Shirani T. tried to manipulate judges against Shirani B. after the impeachment and how even normally timid judges refused to go with her because they all hate her guts.

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          There’s no point in taking sides….but facts cannot be ignored. Justice Shiranee was removed from the Trillium Residencies case by CJ for no apparent reason. It is reported that ST has stated at the PSC that she was shocked to find that a case she was involved in was suddenly taken away from her. CJ has the right and the power to do so. But the question remains, why did the CJ take up a case when there is an apparent conflict of interest in the subject matter? These may not be issues grave enough to impeach CJ. However, it appears that the CJ too has not be cordial towards a sister judge sitting on the same Bench.

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      yes, too true Saliya. That woman has been mocking Shirani B. She deserves to be tarred and run out of town by the legal community. Everyone knows her past and how she behaved to get where she is now.b

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        To comment like this, do you know what she said before the PSC? Further, just as much as CJ was summoned before the PSC, Justice Tillakwardena too has been summoned. Can she not attend to inquiry when summons has been served on her? Use your head when you comment, please.

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    Lajjai, lajjai. Tillekewardane, how can you be a judge!

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    The entire nation know what this corrupt, boot-licking woman Tilakawardane is. She will make a bandit CJ …..
    Very . Intelligent.

    Shocking, any evidence? Dígame per favor.

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      NO ….you are wrong! The entire nation knows that only Justice Tillakawardena stood up to the Rajapakse regime and gave the correct judgment in the Waters Edge case, when everybody else (sad to say, including the CJ) supported MR. So do not ridicule her without knowing what she may have said at the PSC. She was summoned to attend the inquiry most probably because they knew that CJ did not get along well with Justice Tilakawardena for reasons best known to the Government. There was a time when CJ was acting to the tune of MR.

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        @oh my god, get your facts right At the time that the Waters Edge judgment was given, that CJ – the scum Sarath Silva was NOT supporting CBK. Quite the opposite. he was out to get her. And Shiranee T. was used as a pawn in the end.

        This is the same woman who suspended Elmo Perera for some stupid reason from practice as an AAL. You seem to be an ardent defender of hers. Shame on you! This woman is not worth defending.

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          ps @oh my god… and by the way, you have got even the tone of the Waters Edge judgment wrong. It was not agaist MR but against CBK. Know what you talk of before you comment.

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        You reap what you sow! You are now bestowed with the monkey army and here is the beginning of the monkey courts- low rank judges will all get promotion and that’s how the world runs.

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    Whilst disallowing the calling of witnesses by the defendent the PSC Govt members act on the sly to call other witness who are Govt Servants and under obligation to the Govt to ‘fix’ the case.

    No opportunity for the defence to cross examine or defend against any false evidence led in their absence. Shameless unethical conduct of an illegal fraudulent body.

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    MARA starting to dig his own Grave. No second word. Collapse in the ruling is inavitable.
    Opposition political parties, Trade Unions, Students’ Unions, Religious Groups and Civil Society Organisations including SC and Bar association should discuss the developments to form a united body as ways of toppling the Govt. with mass protests, strikes, sathiyagraha, boycotting govt. and contact with international community on Govt. trade and travel sanctions and human rights and abusing of power.

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      Jayantha is right, it is the only way to topple this corrupt regime. Since majority of Sri Lankans are ignorant keep the international community informed.

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    Chicken Fight…Third class activities happening in Our Mother nation..

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    “A new CJ in the making. The entire nation know what this corrupt, boot-licking woman Tilakawardane is. She will make a bandit CJ out of herself to serve the bandit government of MR.” These are the abuses by the rogue elements involved in this gutter news outlet run by a group of LTTE financed rogue journalists. This guy will tell others that he does not allow insult! He was talking from his rear end.

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    Can anyone throw some light on these comments against justice tilakawardene? from what i know she has given rulings against the present govt even when the present CJ supported govt position (eg: case against PB Jayasundera, when present CJ and other voted for the govt position it was only justice tilakawardene who dissented)

    she also delivered judgement on the 2012 appopriation bill, deciding it was unconstituitional. so what is the basis of such remarks?

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      It is reported that she was summoned to question on the Golden Key and Ceylinco case which is before her. Here too the independence of judiciary is being compromised by summoning and questioning a sitting judge regarding an ongoing case.

      I too think that she is a very just and independent judge. We should not jump to conclusions and make unfair remarks just because she was summoned by an ilegitimate body which has run short of options. Judiciary is being harrassed and compromised by this tyrannical regime. They treat everyone like peons to come to their doorstep.

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        Safa and citizen …fyi this is what the truth is. Shirani T. ates Shirani B. personally.

        This is what all the lawyers know. She had spoken to a senior lawyer and blasted all those who were supporting Shirani B. It was no secret that she supported Sarath Fonseka when he was contesting in the hope of being the CJ. She is now trying to be acting Chief Justice. He is an extremely political and eccentric judge. Just because she has given some judgments against the govt , this does not mean anything.

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      Even day before yesterday she gave a ruling on a case which was not even investigated properly by ST. She threw out the case givng raeasons as to either withdraw the case or make the case invalid due to leagalities .She has cited her own personal reasons for doing this in courts . She has forgotten that her role is to investigate the evidence placed before her . The courtroom was packed with lawyers and they too were stunned by this desicion . She has forgotten her role to judge and is not fit to practice as a judge . She has acted as a councelling officer and advisor and not as a judge givng a verdict after the facts were examined. Shame on her .

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      Absolutely right! See my comment above.

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        I knew this woman Shirani Bhuran, from the Aquinas days. She was cronic and eccentric. If MR believes that ST would be better than SB, it is akin to giving up the ‘Kehi gani’ and taking up a ‘Hotu gani’. Good Luck to MR as he needs a lot of it to survive when RW launches the onsalught next month.

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          GOOD COMMENT !!!!!

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    Please be informed, following changes have been approved by the 1/3 majority and unanimously decided to implement with the immediate effect.
    1) socialist republic of srilanka to Banana republic of Srilanka
    2) President to king i.e kakille
    3) Government to junta
    4) MPs to clowns
    5) Law to jungle law
    6) Democracy to democrazy
    7) People to subjects
    8) Courts to kangaroo courts
    9) National sport volley ball to F1 (Car racing )
    10) Main income Agriculture to space exploration
    11) Leisure activity of swimming across the river to speed Boating
    12) Trusted source of information only from Daily Noise ,ITN,Rupavahini ,Swaravahini, SLBC and MoD

    Please feel free to add more

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    Who knows, may be the government wanted to give a better chance for the CJ to prove her innocence by not calling witnesses. Now that the CJ had withdrawn from PSC inquiry on a pre-planned strategy the government had to be very adept at its own tactics. Those that made the charges against the CJ must prove their allegations beyond the slightest doubt. So, there is nothing wrong the government calling witnesses to enhance the validity of its allegations although that may not have been the plan before.

    In a letter to the speaker through her lawyers Neelakandan Neelakandan, the CJ has requested “… to differ any further action until an independent and impartial panel is appointed to inquire in to the alleged allegations.” Neelakandans even attached a copy of Chandrika’s aborted constitution that was burned by the UNP in 2000 to suggest clause in it as a way to proceed.

    Which constitution the CJ thinks the members of Parliament have taken their oath of allegiance? If the answer is obvious, why cite a rejected one or a one to be, when there is a one in force.

    If the CJ is allowed to adopt a rejected constitution, could it not be argued by others too that they too should be allowed to follow suit. After all we all are equal in front of the law, ain’t we?

    If such a change was allowed to CJ at PSC, every one of us too should have the right to call for similar changes at the Supreme Court and other courts when we are allegedly smeared by judges there or deem to be in trouble. Needless to say this country will be in a real mess then.

    But that’s what those who failed to ‘Change Regime’ by ballot and ‘Arab springs’ and ‘greeze yakas’ and strikes and etc. want now. It is obvious that they are trying ‘Regime Change’ through Haultsdorf sharks now.

    We see a Jamboree that self-professed as ‘educated’ eelam aspirators, ngo cahoots, pseudo democrats, brigade of green coloured spectacles and red blooded revolutionaries and a few monks and padres have become CJ backers and write all filth against Rajapakse here. But we ‘uneducated’ villages cannot let those candy-asses to change our elected government for we enjoy living in peace and tranquillity. We do not want to be Egypt.
    Leela

    Few idiots couldn’t see the difference in style of my writing not to mention the emblem on the right. They were taken for a ride by an imposter.
    Leela

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      Leelo, at the rate you are going I might lose my job. Please think of that.

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    Leela,

    Some members created the conditions for the CJ and her lawyers to walk out. the right to hear evidence and question the witnesses was denied to her. The time to study the documents supporting the impeachment was denied to her. The PSC had no doubt had turned itself into a kangaroo court. I yet pray this kangaroo court recommendations to provide an escape route for the government. If they had done so, it would have been a wise path in the contrived circumstances. If not, they would have made the grave for this government that is already being by its own hands, deeper.

    What is being questioned is not the CJ’s guilt or innocence, but the process to prove either.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    This Leela is not a woman he is man called Harold Leelawardene a stooge of Hela Urumaya naturally he must safeguard the rogue ministers.

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      After surgery she became “Harold Leelawardene” ???

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      To my knowledge there was a Harold Leelawardena, who as the Chairman and MD of M/s Lee Potter International robbed from a large number of Sri Lankans, who paid money to this company to get their houses built. Must be having lot of money to spend time leisurely by keying comments on issues highlighted in Colombo Telegraph.

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    Judge Tilakawardana is in reality a [Edited out]

    What can we expect from her even as a judge. These are after all men and women with their petty weaknesses, pretentious pride, jealousy, anger etc. even though they occupy the office of a judge. Some of them are really not fit to be judges . They cannot take independent decisions. One has to be simple and really strong and fair and just to be a judge.

    If Colombo Telegraph wants to do a favour to its readers. It should publish a full list of all the Judges in Sri Lanka

    We will not tolerate racism. Part of this comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy
    http://colombotelegraph.com/comments-policy/

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    This is an illegal PSC and all PSC members and speaker could be jailed when these bunch loose power in future. This is like a court of pigs after eating a good load of shit meal.

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    Leela alias Thadi Priyantha howling after sucking bones thrown out by Rajapaksas.

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    Leela,

    The procedure for the impeachment of a judge is not laid out in clear terms in the present constitution. However, the procedure for the impeachment of a president is laid down clearly. The year 2000 consitutional proposals were only cited as a guide to what the procedures should be.

    Interpretation of laws and rules are also influenced by precedents and common sense. The incongruity between the impeachment procedures for a judge and that for a president, need to be rectified. This should have been done before going pell mell to impeach the CJ . Justice must not only be done, but it must be seen to be done. Like Caessar’s wife, dispensation of justice should be beyond any doubts or suspicions. The quality of lawyers and how they practice law has nothing to do with the quality of justice dispensed. The system to dispense justice is the only institution that has been scathed to a lessor extent than other institutions in this country. The attempt to degrade and subvert it under any pretext- in this instance the pretext looms large and visible as an elephant- is unacceptable.

    I am glad that you have taken cognisance of the fact your were being impersonated in ciber space . We disagree on many things, while agreeing on others. However, there was always a finesse and decency in your writing. These characteristics were not there in the comments of the other Leela.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    Now that the sham trial has concluded with accused found guilty in absentia, 16 witnesses heard in a space of a few hours without the benefit of cross examination, judgement signed and delivered in a couple of hours, can we have the real trial against the validity of the PSC and its judgements according to the constitution.

    The flawed process which disregards all norms of natural justice, the composition of members some of whom have conflict of interest and the flawed calling of ad hoc witnesses with no opportunity to validate evidence, the name calling by the so called judges etc.

    Maybe some of the more relevant evidence can now be placed before the public to judge the case against the PSC and the Executive.

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    Worse than the LTTE kangaroo courts. Time to give the Rajapakse’s and their bootlickers a bloody nose and remind them who put them in power in the first place.

    This is going the be the straw that broke the camels back. Mark my words.

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    I do not know where the racism came in. It so happens that a Sinhala speaks about irregularities coming from other Communities its taken as racism, but the other way round is discrimination against the minorities.

    Thank you nevertheless.

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      Well said Charles

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    Shirani Thilakawardeana was born Shiran Buran, daughter of an eminent surgeon, a Malay. She was a junior to Lalith Athulathmudali. After her (later failed) marriage to lawyer Tillakawardeana, she converted to Christianity and is now an evangelical christian. She is hiding the fact that she was originally a Muslim. It was Lalith who got her into the Attorney General’s Department. It was Lalith who got her appointed as a High Court judge when she was a junior state counsel in preference to Asoka De Silva who was a senior state counsel. She certainly knows how to be in the good books of a regime. After Lalith was expelled from the UNP and Parliament by Premadasa, Lalith once appeared before her in the Colombo High Court and she was extremely discourteous towards him. I know personally that Lalith felt very badly about the treatment he got.

    When she was appointed to the High Court over more than 30 more senior officers in the Attorney General’s Department, she became the youngest High Court judge and had great ambitions to become CJ someday. She was denied of the opportunity because Shirani B was appointed to the Supreme Court before her. So she harbours a grudge against Shirani B. Tilakawardena will stoop down to any level to become CJ.

    Shirani T cannot stand Shirani B. In fact, Shirani T hates people with a rural background. On many occassions, she has embarassed junior lawyers telling them that their English pronunciation is not correct. A junior lawyer who was humiliated for wrong pronunciation said “Mage appachchita salli thibunanan math meeta wada hondata ingreesi igena gannawa. Meka usawiyakda nethnam ingreesi iskolayakda?” (If my father had money, I would have learnt English better. Is this a court or an English school?)

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      Roshan, you should be ashamed to criticize Justice Shiranee T like this without knowing what was really stated at the PSC. She was summoned so she had to go. Don’t forget that the CJ had to attend the PSC because she too was summoned. What is so wrong about Justice Shiranee being a Muslim and thereafter converting to Christianity? Your story about Lalith Athulathmudali is hard to believe since we personally know how much Justice Shiranee respected him. Furthermore, what is wrong with a Supreme Court Judge pointing out to a junior lawyer the correct pronunciation of English? Isn’t it good to have it corrected once and for all so that he would not make the same mistake again?

      Your criticism of Justice Shiranee T is just like the MARA regime criticizing the CJ. Making a Mountain out of a Mole Hill!

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        Why should Roshan be ashamed to criticise when criticism is due? Have you met any of the substantive points that he has made, Nimali? Shirani T’s swift progression p the legal and judicial ladder is well known and most everyone hates her guts for that.

        Why should we have a judge correcting English of lawyers? We are Sinhalese or Tamil or Muslim. We should be ashamed when we can’t speak in either language not to be pulled up when we can’t speak in English by a judge.

        In India, the courts all function in Hindi or whatever. Judges there do not pull up lawyers because they do not speak well in English!

        This woman is mad!

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          If you know about the woman, please more of her details so that the readers on CT can learn more about her. If she is like Roshan describes- she should not be the next CJ. Majority of folks in SL are form rural areas. So how can she be fair for them as a CJ ?

          This country is becoming worst day by day. For me, just seeing how she speaks and gives her talk to an interviewer, I felt she is bit arrogant. But it she is said to be pretending to reveal her origin – so her person is not at all suitable to be CJ of the country. I am not sure about the position for a CJ, some countries in Europe, when nominations are called for presidential candidates, those candidate should declare almost everything about them. If you keep anything aobut your pvt hidden away from teh folks – you cant continue as a president. This was the case with former president of Germany.

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          There are no substantive points in Roshan’s comment to counteract. He is slandering the honorable judge based on gossip! What is the point in attacking someone over his/her religion? Both women judges (Shiranee T and and CJ)have swiftly moved up in their career path, purely because they are more intelligent, more learned and smarter than their male counterparts. That is a God given gift to women.
          Pandukabaya and Roshan, please do not show your jealousy and animosity towards women holding high office.

          Regarding the correction of wrong English…I repeat that there is nothing wrong in correcting when someone makes a mistake. We are Sri-Lankans and our national language is either Sinhala or Tamil. However, it so happens that in the higher courts of this country the proceedings are conducted in English and sometimes young lawyers find it difficult to present their case when they are not totally confident in spoken English. Shiranee T, is a fearless judge but at the same time, she is a caring person, as lawyers have found out in their interactions with her in court.

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      Shirani T’wardana highjumped over several others to get her post. That is a fact. Ask anybody from the AG’s Department. Facts are facts

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    More revelations about shirani T . WE are hearing who she really is , A Colombian in the broadest term highlighting pronunciations in English . She must be thinkjing that she is an elocution teacher as well !God help SL if she becomes the CJ.

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    How are you, Justice Shiran Buran? Still aspiring to be Chief Justice under Dictator Gone Mad?

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      Ha …ha…you think she aspires to be CJ when she was so critical of this regime in several govt cases, especially after she gave such a hard hitting judgement against PBJ? She knows very well that MARA will shiver in his boots if she becomes CJ….ha …ha!

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        All her hard hitting judgments will dissolve now that she is tryng to jump to the position of CJ. Earlier she knew she had no chance and she is due to retire next year, so she gave jdugemtns against MR,

        Do you people think that we are all idiots?!

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        after CJ is impeached, all judges will shiver in their boots when they have to give a judgement against the regime. remebering what Shirani B had to go through, they will hold with the regime. politicians at lower levels will also start giving instructions to judges. what happened to the police will happen to the judiciary.

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    Everything is mere speculation, except the issue of envy of SB being CJ. I just hope any evidence that ST gave was not out of a bias but out of a legal perspective in light of its relevance, importance and balance in view of the allegations, and their merit.

    As she was the only SC Judge called to give evidence, she would have been asked the obvious. If there was evidence presented in the form of the 5 counts that were presented, what would your judgement be, bearing in mind you only have to come to a conclusion without cross examination, and without time to disprove the allegations. Therefore assume they are true!

    She many have then given her opinion, which is what the PSC has relied on. Remember her terms of reference were not to be presented with all the evidence and opine. She was just asked to opine on 5 allegations if they were true.

    So I doubt she betrayed, but she strengthened the Govt hand and therefore expects payback. No one in SL does something for nothing!

    Anyway I expect the publication of the PSC report before it is discussed and debated in Parliament, so we can review the methodology of guilt and debate its merits.

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      Patta Pal- you say “No one in SL does something for nothing!” . You must be speaking for yourself. Of course, people work for pay. But to say that all Sri Lankans will do anything for personal gain, which they would not have got otherwise, is to say all Sri Lankans are corrupt. Please don’t generalise.

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    WE ARE THANKFUL TO EVERYONE WHO HAVE “UNVEILED” SHIRAN BURAN!!!!!!

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    Nimali, you come across as a blinded and devoted defender of that Shiranee T. Please realise that we are not so blinded as you.

    However much some people may try to pontificate, the truth cannot be hidden. Shirani T. is an ambitious, jealous and vindictive woman who does a great disservice to the cause of women in general. She professes to be a feminist judge but i have been in court where she has given the hardest time to young women counsel, far more than any other male judge.

    Whatever Shirani B.’s faults are, no one can accuse her of these sins, for sure. She has been the most courteous Chief Justice that we have had in recent times. Everyone makes kistakes in their lives. At east she is now making a stand. I wsh her all the best.

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    Pandukabaya, I wish Shirani B well and do not wish to see her being harassed and humiliated in this manner. I know that she is a gracious lady. At the same time, I wish to say that Shiranee T is also an equally courteous and kind person. She is fearless and does not hesitate to call a spade, “a spade”, which may be one reason why some people consider her to be strict and unfriendly. Both are courageous females, but for reasons best known only to the two of them, they do not see eye to eye on many issues.

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