Several cases challenging the controversial ouster of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake and putting in of Mohan Pieris to perform the functions of the Chief Justice were due to be taken up today (26.09.2013).
The special bench tasked with the job of hearing the case is made up of Justices Saleem Marsoof, Chandra Ekanayake, Sathya Hettige, S. Eva Wanasundara and Rohini Marasinghe. However, only four of these judges sat today. Marsoof was absent. Therefore the cases were all postponed for 23.10.2013 when other cases relating to these issues are being taken up.
According to reliable sources close to the government, the plan is to somehow try and give some appearance of legality to the controversial actions of the Rajapaksa regime that are being challenged in time for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo in mid-November.