18 September, 2020

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President Appoints Judges Tainted With Corruption To Appeal Courts

The President‘s decision to appoint two individuals infamous for misconduct and corruption, as judges to the Court of Appeal owing to their close relationship with the De Facto Chief Justice Mohan Pieris, has left the legal fraternity appalled.

Mahinda and Mohan

Mahinda and Mohan

The two newly appointments due to be made to Abdul Hameed Dileep Nawaz and M M A Gaffoor (Negombo High Courts Judge) has been heavily criticised by many in the legal fraternity and Colombo Telegraph learns that plans were underway to hold their swearing-in ceremony secretively. According to sources, although Gaffoor had been invited for his swearing-in ceremony on September 18 along with several new judges at the Presidential Secretariat, they had been abruptly asked to leave at about 1 pm without any explanation.

Colombo Telegraph learns that this was due to an issue that arose as a result of Gaffoor dubiously granting bail to three suspects including David Cooper who were apprehended by the Narcotics Bureau as a result of possessing 32 kgs of Heroin despite the Attorney General and the Police objecting to granting them bail. Gaffoor is said to be very infamous for his solicitation of bribes and dubious bail procedures.

However, the De Facto CJ had swept in for his rescue and had immediately instructed him to call the case once more the following day (September 19) and to cance the bail. So Gaffoor had promptly contacted the State Counsel and the Narcotics Bureau officials on the 19th and to hear the case. When the AG refused to partake in this unlawful procedure, Gaffoor had summoned the narcotics officers to the chambers and informed them to make an application to cancel bail and to state it is due to the suspects ‘threatening the investigators’.

Hence, under that false pretext he had called the case and revoked bail to the three suspects. Having followed De Facto CJ’s instructions closely, it has been assured that to Gaffoor thta he would now be able to swear-in within the next couple of days.

Meanwhile, the other controversial appointment of D. Nawaz has also been criticized as he is an individual who is widely known in the legal circles for his misconduct during his tenure at the AG department. He is a very junior official in the department but had been nominated over 19 other senior, qualified personnel including AG’s nominee ASG Murudu Fernando. He too is said to be a close friend of the De Facto CJ and Colombo Telegraph learns that by present, a number of disciplinary actions have been taken against him in the AG, to which the De Facto CJ had defended him, appearing as a private counsel.

Although former AG Eva Wanasundara had recommended the termination of Navaz’s services over a letter he had issued to prevent a fraud case in LECO from being investigated, the recommendation had not been ultimately implemented due to Wanasundara being elevated to the Supreme Court pending his termination.

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    It truly reflects on the credibility and honesty of the rajapaksa’s. There are so many upstanding judges to choose, but obviously they need the ones at the bottom of the pit, who will rule in their favor, and be in easily influenced, even if in the most dishonest way.

    Life goes on in rajapaksa land.

    • 3
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      They impeached the more honest of their appointments, namely, Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake because she would not approve one of the Rajapakse clan’s illegal actions.

    • 1
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      RE: President Appoints Judges Tainted With Corruption To Appeal Courts

      That way, it is very easy to continue the corruption and nepotism of the cronies, shills and criminals.

  • 4
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    An unprincipled and corrupt regime needs an unprincipled and corrupt judiciary to bolster it. The judicial order to disburse Rs.2500/= per family unit as drought relief in the Moneragala district amidst an election campaign exemplifies this nexus. The Elections Commissioner was neutered as a result. The poor man has to hang on to his job at the expense of his honour. What a farce and tragedy!

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      It is interesting that you believe that the Uva electorate can be swayed by a mere Rs 2500 per family disbursed under Judicial order as you point out, in the midst of a drought. If this were so, they must belong within the “coolies earning a dollar a day” referred to by the LTTE rump in Britain and Canada, when they refer to Sri Lankans.

      This is an article on judicial corruption. So presumably, the judge involved is corrupt, but isn’t it stretching credibility to assume that the government arranged for a drought during which to hold an election, and thereafter bribe the electorate to benefit from it.

      • 3
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        Why was the draught relief paid in the other affected districts?

        Dr.RN

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          I have no idea. Were they affected to the same degree?

          • 0
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            Yes. The only difference was that they were not about to vote in the Uva elections.

            Dr.RN

        • 0
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          Dr Rajasingham, why do you waste your time with the [Edited out] Ram?

  • 1
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    AG’s Department knows they have no future unless they are with Pacha Peiris or Gota Baya. We must get rid of all these guys when there is a change of government.

  • 2
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    May I suggest the method by which to get rid of them? “Hang them by the neck on Galle Face Green until they are dead”.

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