30 May, 2024

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Mullaitivu Magistrate/District Judge Resigns After Death Threats

T. Saravanarajah, District Judge and Magistrate of Mullaithivu, has sent in his resignation to the Judicial Service Commission. The reason is the physical threats he received for carrying out his judicial duties.

Recall that he issued stern judgements against the temples being obstructed at Kurunthoor (Kurundi) and subsequently issued a statement that judicial orders are being ignored. Sarath Weerasekera made a hot speech in parliament threatening him. It was unprecedented for a judge to be threatened under cover of parliamentary privilege.

After that and in addition to Sarath Weerasekera’s assault on the judiciary, the good judge received physical threats. When these were detailed on Facebook, persons claiming to be from the military and the CID forced those messages to be removed.

“When a judge with his police escort is not safe in this country, how safe are ordinary people?” asked a journalist in Jaffna who meekly deleted his pages from Facebook after being ordered to do so by our “security forces.”. “How can President Ranil Wickremesignhe have thugs in his cabinet?” was the common refrain among many Tamils. If this is a democracy with a vibrant press, why has the press not covered this major earth-quaking incident 5 days after it occurred? Is the IMF even looking at governance issues in giving loans

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    Sometimes nothing between the legs or within the skull, but still sit in the throne.

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    old codger

    Following Wijedasa’s spin on District Judge T Saravanarajah decision to resign and seek refuge abroad, your old fossil has pronounced that Judge T Saravanarajah already had connection with foreign Embassies, therefore the government should not trust his reasons and discover the background independently of what he said.

    He believes there could be other reasons.

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    What is the retirement age of the Attorney General? 65?

    If so he must be fast approaching retirement. Asking the fearless Judge Hon.Saravanarajah to rewrite his judgement means he is looking forward for something beyond retirement……..High Commissioner somewhere on this planet…….
    But certainly no going back to Trincomalee…….
    He has been caught with his pants down. His predecessor Dappula de Livera was an upright AG.

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