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Pro-Rajapaksa Judge Lambastes Attorney General In Open Court: Rajaratnam Won’t Lodge Official Complaint

A controversial High Court Judge lambasted Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam in open court last week, calling him a “spineless coward” in what witnesses said was a major breach of judicial protocol and discipline.

Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam

Colombo Telegraph learns that the High Court judge was directing his ire at the Attorney General over Rajaratnam’s refusal to transfer a State Counsel of the Attorney General’s Department out of the Colombo High Court at Thotawatte’s demand.

The High Court judge abused the powers of his office to ensure the State Counsel’s transfers coincided with his own, repeatedly requesting the Attorney General to order her transfer from regional high court to high court, sources said.

The young State Counsel in question was initially posted in Matara as the AG’s representative to the High Court there, when Thotawatte served as High Court judge for the area. The State Counsel was subsequently transferred to Kurunegala – where Thotawatte also served as HC judge. Thotawatte exerted his political influence to ensure the State Counsel was transferred to Kurunegala, Colombo Telegraph learns.

Subsequently, the State Counsel was transferred to High Court 1 in Colombo where Damith Thotawatte currently presides, also at the request of the judge, sources told Colombo Telegraph.

According to persons familiar with the situation unfolding between the judge and the state counsel, Thotawatte’s attentions have been repeatedly rejected. In retaliation, she has been barred from entry to the judge’s chambers with her fellow prosecutors, and HC Judge Thotawatte has ordered AG Rajaratnam to remove the State Counsel from the Colombo High Court forthwith.

Colombo Telegraph reliably learns that AG Rajaratnam had finally refused Thotawatte’s request, which led to the High Court Judge’s tirade against the AG in open court. The State Counsel who has become the subject of Thotawatte’s ire was before the judge when he railed against the Attorney General, referring to him as a spineless man and a “patholaya”.

The State Counsel made an official complaint regarding Judge Thotawatte’s outburst to her immediate supervisor Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris, who took the complaint to Senior Deputy Solicitor General Cheithya Gunesekera, who in turn notified Additional Solicitor General and head of the criminal branch Priyantha Nawanna. Colombo Telegraph learns that while Nawanna reported the events in open court to Attorney General Rajaratnam, the AG had decided not to forward the complaint to the Chief Justice or the Judicial Service Commission as recommended by his ASG, preventing any serious investigation of judicial misconduct against Damith Thotawatte.

Senior judges would be wary of disciplining High Court Judge Thotawatte due to his well-known allegiance to the current ruling administration. Damith Thotawatte was hand picked for transfer to the Colombo High Court from Kurunegala, to ensure his docket included cases of particular interest to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the ruling regime.

As such, Colombo High Court Judge Damith Thotawatte, son of famous film editor Titus Thotawatte, will adjudicate several high-profile criminal cases including the abduction and suspected murder of Prageeth Ekneligoda. Several witnesses, who originally claimed the orders to abduct Ekneligoda had come from then Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa have recanted their confessions before the magistrate during the trial. Senior military intelligence officials are implicated in Ekneligoda’s disappearance and suspected murder and several initially confessed that the abduction took place on Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s orders.

Thotawatte was also handpicked by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to preside over the criminal case filed against SJB MP Champika Ranawaka. As High Court Judge, Thotawatte also recently acquitted magistrate Thilina Gamage, who was indicted by the Attorney General on charges of illegal possession of an elephant calf and elephant trafficking. Thotawatte decreed that the trial against two other accused, a former clerk at the Wildlife Department and the original owner of the baby elephant, would continue before his court.

In September 2021, the Supreme Court appointed Damith Thotawatte as chairman of a three-judge bench that will hear cases against suspects involved in the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks, another case President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has a vested interest in, as he tries to deflect blame from high-ranking security personnel aligned to his regime in the deadly terror attacks.

When President Gotabaya Rajapaksa promoted him as a High Court Judge, Thotawatte who once served as Judge Advocate General for the Sri Lanka Army, continued to retain all of his military perks, including a vehicle convoy, security and his formal military rank of Brigadier/Colonel. Judge Advocate Generals are ceremonially conferred military rank for the duration of their appointment because they preside in military court.

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    Amazing state of affairs. And sad indeed to see Ranjan Ramanayake still in prison for speaking the truth. Rotten to the core when everyone, and anyone who can voice something, is cowering with their tails between their legs.
    This will not appear in mainstream media but hope someone like Victor Ivan will bring out a movie directed by father Titus.

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      That the AG had decided not to forward the complaint to the Chief Justice or the Judicial Service Commission in spite of him having been humiliated in open Court, in a way, only brings out the truth of what the Judge said – that he is a spineless man and a “patholaya”.

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        The Judge is Right .Attorney General is spineless indeed. Otherwise he would have reported the matter to the authorities.

    • 35
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      The most known pro activist – only voice fought against high crimes, judicial crimes, Rajakashes crimes and RED ROBE crimes, our beloved brother of the nation, honrouable MP Ranjan Ramanayaka was the only voice stood fearlessly against all various crimes being promoted by – the sodomy of media mafia and rajaakshes mlechcha poltiics – is jailed today, a year gone nothing worked getting him released…. while REAL high criminals ….. and crime promoters rule the nation.
      .
      If RR to be jailed, MR; GR; BR, NR, CR and all should long have beend jailed forever, but long ago….. why the PEOPLE of this hell stay as if their SENSES are impaired permanently ????????????????????????????😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅😅

    • 3
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      If god CREATED – human beings,
      .
      why is that THE BLACK AND DARK skins are made with predestined to serious health problems.
      :
      It is believed, the blacks are more susceptible also to COVID onset. Please read more by clicking the link below.
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      https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/covid19-racial-disparities

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    Who is the head of Judiciary in Siri Lanka? GN Rajapaksa.
    Who is the head of Armed forces in Siri Lanka? GN Rajapaksa.
    Who is the head of Buddhism in Siri Lanka? GN Rajapaksa.
    Who is the head of Criminals in Siri Lanka? ??????????????.

    • 27
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      Ajith: You asked: “Who is the head of Criminals in Sri Lanka? The answer:

      Athi Garu, Athi Uththama, Mahadinayaka Sri Lankadeeshwara Padmavibushana Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapakse.

    • 14
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      Dear Ajith,
      That is what the 20th Amendment was all about. And the great hypocrisy and endeavour to further deceive to stay on to continue the deceit is when:….
      1. Vasu Wimal Gamma shadow box but will not leave.
      2. Sira and Dayasiri J railing nowadays but will not leave.
      3. Vidura Wicks and many others will criticise but will not leave.
      They all together with 8 Judas’ all voted for 20A, and cheered GN R.
      That exemplifies the short memories of the Sri Lankans.

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        And only weeks ago they ALL voted for the budget. Absolute bastards.

  • 41
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    What else can you expect from this banana republic?

    • 21
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      Jit,
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      The nature of KUNUKANDA/garbage dumps created by MR et al – would never be able to subject to ICING decorations as done sofar.
      :
      SRILANKA economy/nation is on the edges as of today. Greeks fell down, albeit 10 years, their economy has not recovered yet. EU pumped billions, but on austerity conditions.
      .
      Who would pump SRILANKA funds ? Hidden Pandora/Panama/Seaceyllan/swiss/Dubai savings ? which are being well maintained by RAJAPAKSHES bps yet today ?
      .
      It was rumoured the total amount of the loot makes up over 18 US dollar billions …. right ?
      Now the political/historians/ analysts slowly reveal that not even 20% of all huge loans taken are not used for country s development.
      :
      With hidden PVT jets emerging to their PVT trips- pleasing their kind of STUPID gods…. medamulana rascals will suck the last blood drop of the poor masses.

      We the professionals in HEALTH CARE, cant even make up our minds if we make simple mistakes in our stressful day today life…. but MR or the WEERAKATIYE cattle thieves to continue with their LOOT and nation misleading games ?????????????????
      😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
      :
      Colombo will become TRIPOLI in the days to come – the streets will turn out to be like that of BAGDAD and TRIPOLI…. or sudaness Khartoum
      👊👊👊👊👊👊👊👊

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      Bananas?

  • 3
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    Now here’s the thing. Something significant has been taken from this island. Several factors could explain its removal. It is imperative to get it back for everyone’s benefit. Plato referred to this island as Atlantis. The aircraft mentioned in the story of Atlantis is also mentioned in the story of Ravana. Both stories address the same history from different perspectives. The island is ruled by two world leaders. The first is a Thathagatha and the second is a Cakravattin. This cycle belonged to Thathagatha Gothama, who lived here. Next cycle will feature a Cakravattin. He will rule the world as all previous Cakravattins have. This is common throughout the universe. There are many star systems in the universe. The same cycle is repeated in every star system inhabited by humans. What is critical to know is the Buddha Dhamma you see on the island is a severely corrupted one that helps no one. The authentic one as spoken by the Buddha is now available for all. The revelation of history is all part of the package.

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      Jambu dear,
      Aren’t you the guy that claims Jesus Christ was born in Nazareth? 😂😂

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        oc,
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        I’m sure that you know that Jesus was born in Bethlehem; I remember Jambu saying that Jesus was born in Jerusalem, which, let it be granted, was a little less far off the mark.

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          S.M,
          That was a typo. The real comment is below.
          Perhaps you aren’t aware of Jambu’s theory that the Buddha was born here?

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            SM,
            That’s why I visit CT a lot. There is such a wide selection of nutters . Evil, ignorant, harmless, but all nutty.

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      Jambu, this cycle you refer to, which Rajapakse is riding it?

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      Jambu
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      “what is critical to know is the Buddha Dhamma you see on the island is a severely corrupted one that helps no one”

      It has become A LIFE STYLE thing as of today.
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      Just look whether anyone without wearing LANDU KERALI SIZE – thick wrist bands – PIRITHNOOLE even if their real day life styles are no different to that of JULIAMPITIYA amaraya or any other criminals

      People are no different to LAB RATS…. the question why they do anything just because they just hear through BIASED meida is not questioning by the masses.
      :
      So to my knowledge, it is NO right the kind of STUPID people to allow enjoy SARWAJANA JANDHA BALAYA – universal franchise…. they have no idea about that.
      .

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      Jambu,
      .
      ‘Now here’s the thing. Something significant has been taken from this island. Several factors could explain its removal. It is imperative to get it back for everyone’s benefit.’
      .
      I’m one of the few that agrees with you. The Family treasure must be returned immediately. The shameless thieves should be behind bars.

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    The tone is always set at the top. We have corruption, nepotism, cronyism, and mismanagement at the top level, a bunch of uneducated, unqualified, criminals, and felons, running this country, and here in our Courts where one is supposed to depend on unbiased rulings, we have judges doing the bidding of the mafia government, and behaving like bullies. So much for civility and professionalism.
    How the hell can we ever convince the world that we are worthy of their respect, and that we deserve their help?

  • 11
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    Now I have to agree with Nimal. Lanka is a S & M country, There are sadist , masochistic and then we have sadomasochistic. Enjoy.

  • 6
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    Jambu dear,
    Aren’t you the guy that claims Jesus Christ was born in Jerusalem? 😂😂

  • 12
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    I wonder which one is worse ?? AG being called names by a judge or Sushil.P coming to know his termination through media and returning home in a tuk tuk ????

  • 6
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    Don’t cry for me SreeeLanka!!!!

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    Why are we worried and critical when one “Spineless Coward” and a “Patholaya” called another of the same grade in the same terminology? Please recollect what Ranjan Ramanayke said: “Mun Okkoma Yaluwo Malli” – “All of them are friends”.

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      Bro SIMON,
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      Fully Agree !

      Please come with lot more what KADAMANDIYA piyaseeli and babalath appu would say looking at DISPLAYS of weerakatiye cattle thieves with Yellow pets `.
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      Ranjan may have no proper style to address issue, but his FEARLESS acts are missing today.
      :
      Just talk to KADAMANDIYA people and ask when would they WAKE UP FROM their long slumber …. thank you
      .
      LM

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      A bit unfair by the AG.
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      This happened when Sarvananda was Chief Justice, as well.
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      In this land, a Tamil is always on the defensive, as in this story:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-story-of-red-traffic-lights/
      .
      I’m not by any means suggesting that Tamils should not be appointed to important positions, but this is one of the problems.
      .
      Jeevan Hoole! Art thou still in Oregon? Lankan Tamils have need of thee!

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        …In this land, a Tamil is ALWAYS on the defensive….
        Always ? This makes me think that is may be because either Tamils are not united enough to meet the challenge collectively or they have accepted to live so. Is that your implication ?
        …This happened when Sarvananda was Chief Justice, as well…..
        So a wrong way of doing things is condone-able because of a wrong precedent? So you absolve the AG to an extent – “A bit unfair by the AG.”. Should not moral standards be absolute?
        It is human nature for many individuals to even sell their souls if it suits. May be Howard Hughes was absolutely right when he said : “Make him an offer he cannot refuse.”
        Chief Justices, Attorney Generals are mainly guided by inherent human nature.
        Some are spineless – Sarath Nanda, Mohan Pieris come to mind while Neville Samarakoon stood up above that low depth of morality.
        And so did a few who held admin office, and spoke the truth recently and readily paid the price by losing their office.

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          Dear MyView,
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          What you say is true. Please substitute “often” for “always”. It’s just that people like me try to bend over backwards to excuse the communities we don’t belong to.
          .
          I agree that Tamil speakers (the Muslims, it seems clear, want to be excluded) should unite to fight their battles. We can only sympathise; we don’t know the details of half their grievances. I know that you, too, are concerned.
          .
          I think that it is true that rulers sometimes appoint a handicapped person so that he cannot act independently.

          We can’t be masochistic all the time, and suffer vicariously!

  • 14
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    I am not in a position to comment on this issue, but what the Judge said “Spineless AG” is correct based on reviewing AG’s recent decision as a slave of the Government.

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    So Aanduwa arrange for who keep ministerial secrets, job, house, vehicle, maids, mistresses, Rapist Army Rank………
    Anyway, who says AG is spinless? He looks like a Jihadi inside his Burka.

  • 8
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    Good for this guy JHRASARTNAM.Since he is also dancing to the tune and making almost all the cases against HORAGOTHA INVALID MR.RAJARTNAM deserve this treatment from from MR.THOTTABABA.

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    This Thottawatta( what a name !-he is from the Sinhala art scene-which is saying insipid pretender to art , yet a pretender, as this base is empty , Sinhala cinema is based on the lack of intelligence of the audience) should have remained in the Sinhala film industry. That is his true base.

    As a judge this Thotawatta is called “Lord” , as in England ! He wears a robe and a wig , as in England ! But unlike in England ,his English leaves the people laughing !

    We should stop enacting this Sri Lankan comedy called a judiciary !

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      deepthi,
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      Aren’t you back to bashing Sinhala culture? I acknowledge that I’m not very much into Sinhala art forms myself, but for 85% at least of Lankans it is Sinhala and Tamil that matter.
      .
      By all means bash the judge, but why the father? I don’t know much about the films respectfully referred to as the “Thottawatta trilogy”. Do you? If you don’t, there can be no excuse for you to bash them.
      .
      The sort of attitude that you exude, is greatly responsible for Sinhalese-users closing themselves to all foreign influences. In terms of politics, and voting patterns, the results are disastrous.
      .
      Panini Edirisinhe

  • 4
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    Api thamayi hondatama kore

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    Panini I write what I observe . You are saying I should use tricky writing to achieve my purpose , using subtle methods to influence.

    Will that be honest and genuine ?

    Do you say things to win over people but really you don’t mean it ?

    As to Sri Lankan artists, how many of them have travelled to Western countries on Visitor Visa( for art conferences) and then disappeared, to live as illegal immigrants ? Same with sportsmen !

    Do you think Justice Thottawatte is showing signs of a good judge ?

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      Deepthi,
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      The judge, no doubt, is a horrible man. Have I stated or implied otherwise? Incidentally, he’s not a “Justice”, is he? I hope he isn’t made one, but with this government, one can never tell.
      .
      What I’ve asked you about is the father. If you actually know something reprehensible about Titus Thottawatte. I’ve heard his name, but know little else. Please tell me what you know of him.
      .
      And what’s this fixation you have about “Western Countries”? I’ve not been to any of them. I confess that I feel a tinge of envy about those who’ve been more fortunate, but have you seen any place where I’ve resented their good fortune?
      .
      So two sets of questions for you. Once you answer them, I’ll be able to respond. You probably know all that you want to about me. Does anybody on this site know even your gender.
      .
      Beside the point: simple request: don’t insult people just because they are Lankans.

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    “The State Counsel who has become the subject of Thotawatte’s ire was before the judge when he railed against the Attorney General, referring to him as a spineless man and a “patholaya”.”
    *
    If my memory serves me right, did not the CT encourage the view that the AG was spineless?
    Will there be some eating of words sometime soon?

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      Showing spine is one thing, but being suicidal is quite another.
      People in certain positions risk more than their career. Let us commend ones who dare knowing the risks. But let us not needle others into doing things that we will never dare do.

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        “Showing spine is one thing, but being suicidal is quite another. “
        You sound like you have an extraordinary ability to understand intricate matters. With that ability, would you be able to comment if Vasanthi possessed the same intelligence level when she asked the university staff and students to work for Chitanta Government’s election bid. Could you explain us, in that action, Vasanthi was Showing spine to New King or didn’t have spine to show it to Royals or “future suicidal” by patronage Aanduwa on a losing election. If the Famous Son of British Mercenary Albert’s son was another Junius Richard and had carried out another White Flag murders, what would have been Vasanthi’s next assignment? Is that possible she would have been given opportunity to select next room of Siri Ma O. Are you saying that by exerting Jaffna Municipality’s authority and refusing to play Buddhist howling in the park, Manivannan is being against religions and depriving Buddhist’s rights as Geevan the Kaikooli is about to demonstrate? Should Manivannan fear of Geevan has have murdered Manivannan in that issue. If Manivannan die in Ariyakulam issue, is that suicide or murder? By refusing to fly Playboy portraits in Kite Celebration to win the competition, are the Valvettithurai people making suicide or showing back bone. Would you predict another Mullivaikkal in Valvettithurai in the near future?

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          Removing Italic

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    “Monkey sees – monkey do”. This is what is happening to the present AG. He has seen how past Chief Justices like Sarath Silva, Mohan Pieris, and Jayasuriya have benefited by playing to their President’s tune. They all have got higher positions and all their wrongful actions have been awarded with better benefits than what they would have got if they were honest in their earlier positions.

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    The AG has been called a spineless coward, and a Patholaya. Well this pettyfogging high court Judge by implication admits that there are cowards who also have a spine.
    All this due to the fact that the AG HAS NOT GIVEN INTO THE DEMANDS OF THE JUDGE, to transfer out the female State Counsel. Hell hath no fury like a Judge scorned eh!

    On the contrary ,knowing that this Thotawatte is another of those catchers of President Gota,the AG has stood his ground and did not give in.

    Therefore, would it be fair to call him a Coward? With or without a spine?

    Sometime ago, I posted on these pages that the AG is being used like a door-mat.
    Most unfortunate for those who matter and hold positions under the dispensation of uncouth guys who hold the reigns of Power.

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      ” Therefore, would it be fair to call him a Coward? With or without a spine?”

      Why the State Counsel didn’t protest when was transferred to this location and why resisting when being transferred out of this location? We don’t know who this State Counsel is. Pls Don’t rush to make a conclusion. AG may know what is suicidal and what is showing spine. Who Knows? All Kulla Naries know washing jobs are higher paid than practicing law.
      Remember, Royals fired Sushil for trying to form a new political party. But did not fire the Communist Trio for filing case against the New Fortress. Does that mean Royals are blessing the action of Trio filing the case and winning it? We don’t know but probably New Fortress may know that.

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    Assuming that all what is reported is true, this is a very sad story to hear. Accordingly, the lady State Counsel followed the amorous judge to the respective stations where he served without a whimper until something turned sour. The use of the word, “Patholaya”, in my view is serious because I am told that it means impotency and not spineless. Things got bad perhaps because she no longer entertained his patholaya within her. There was an era when ladies were found guilty of contempt of court for sitting cross-legged. My fear is that this abuser might now find this lady State Counsel guilty of contempt of court for something or the other and throw her to jail even for one day. What a loss of face would there be for her if she is handcuffed and boarded into a black maria? Rectification of injustice is excruciatingly slow. AG deciding to keep mum? Isn’t that the wisest thing to do under the present circumstances instead of calling the AG a patholaya for that? “God! Grant me the serenity to things I cannot change, Courage to things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”

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    Anonymous “deepthi silva” has answered questions which were never asked of her/him. Has not answered
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    Specific questions/requests made by me on the 6th, not responded to.
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    How can we possibly get anywhere in discussions with such people?

    Panini Edirisinhe

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