Colombo Telegraph

Ranil Says De Facto CJ Pieris Was Ready To Send Rajapaksa Regime Members To Jail

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had said during his special statement to the parliament today that de facto Chief Justice Mohan Peris had said he was ready to imprison all members of the Rajapaksa regime.

The PM had stated that reinstating the 43rd Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was carried out in accordance of proper proceedings and had added that when the de-facto CJ was requested to resign from his position respectfully, he had in return expressed his readiness to deliver judgments in favour of the government.

“Therefore, it the government retained Mohan Pieris, he could have sent all of the former government members to jail,” he said when a huge uproar was made by the Opposition during his statement.

However, the uproar escalated when several Opposition MPs including Nimal Siripala de Silva, Wimal Weerawansa and Dinesh Gunwardena repeatedly requested for time for a debate on the legality of reinstating the 43rd CJ, which was in turn refused when the PM informed the parliament that an opportunity for a debate on the topic can only be given after February 5, when the independence day celebrations are concluded.

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