Chitta Ranjan De Silva, fondly known as ‘Bulla’ in the legal fraternity, who chaired the Government’s Reconciliation Commission passed away following an illness this morning.
C.R. De Silva served as Solicitor General and then Attorney General of Sri Lanka.
He was appointed to chair the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in 2010, and delivered a strong report and progressive recommendations, despite fears the Commission would toe the Government line on alleged rights abuses during the war.
Earlier this year when the Government moved to impeach Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake, the President urged De Silva to accept the position as CJ 44. De Silva repeatedly rejected the offer.
Mohan Pieris who is also a former AG was the choice of Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa, while ‘Bulla’ was the President’s preferred choice, Colombo Telegraph learns.