After juggling with several options for over three weeks, President Maithripala Sirisena has recommended Supreme Court judge Nalin Perera’s name as his candidate for the post of Chief Justice, Colombo Telegraph learns.
Perera, appointed a Supreme Court judge by President Sirisena, is the 06th in seniority in a 10-judge bench.
It is learnt that Sirisena has overlooked Eva Wanasundara, the senior-most Supreme Court judge, at the last moment due to the strong public outcry against her nomination, over her alleged connections with the Rajapaksa family.
Perera’s name was the only nomination received by the Council as of Thursday night.
The Council is scheduled to meet tomorrow to make a final decision on the appointment of Chief Justice. The decision will then be conveyed to President Sirisena who will subsequently make a final announcement.
The new Chief Justice is expected to take oaths on Saturday as the incumbent Chief Justice Piyasath Depp will retire from office tomorrow.
“Perera is a relatively better choice despite his lack of seniority. He is a career judge and has not exposed himself to politically compromising situations. It is not too sure whether it is the only nomination. If that is the case, President Sirisena seems to be playing his cards very close to the chest. He has finally decided to go for the safest option without ruffling feathers, ” a source familiar with the matter told Colombo Telegraph.