A lengthy process put in motion by the Rajapaksa Administration following the appointment of the de facto Chief Justice Mohan Peiris to legally “repair” the flawed impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake will come full circle today.
The Supreme Court bench appointed by Pieris amid much criticism since he himself was a beneficiary by the controversial sacking of Bandaranayake, will deliver its verdict today on the ruling by the Court of Appeal quashing the findings of the Parliamentary Select Committee that inquired into the impeachment charges.
A five judge divisional bench comprising Justices Saleeem Marsoof, Chandra Ekanayake, Sathya Hettige, Eva Wanasundara, and Rohini Marasinghe was appointed by de facto CJ Pieris to hear the petition filed by the Attorney General’s Department.
If the Writ Certiorari issued by the Court of Appeal is overturned today, it will mark the beginning of the Rajapaksa Administration’s ‘corrective’ procedure to turn a massive travesty of justice against the country’s Chief Justice into a legal sacking.
Critics said the likely verdict overturning the Court of Appeal writ, would be a case of truly burying the legacy of recently deceased Court of Appeal President, Justice Sriskandarajah who was hailed for his courageous decision at the time.
In a Freudian slip, the state owned Daily News announced the Supreme Court’s pending decision with the following headline: Shirani Bandaranayake matter: SC judgement against CA ruling today.