Former Chief Justice Asoka De Silva yesterday filed a petition on behalf of Gotabaya Rajapaksa before the District Court of the Western division of Central California, requesting a dismissal of Ahimsa Wickrematunge’s civil action against his pay master.
The petition was filed by Silva on June 27, 2019 where he very clearly states he was a Supreme Court Judge since August 2001 and thereafter became the 42nd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka in June, 2009, retiring in May, 2011.
The former CJ has blatantly violated the Constitution of Sri Lanka, by filing a petition on behalf of Gotabaya as it has been expressly prohibited in Article 110 (3) of the Constitution for any Supreme Court Judge or a Judge who held office in the Court of Appeal to ‘appear, plead, act or practise’ in any court, tribunal or institution as an Attorney-At-Law without the written consent of the President.
Daughter of slain Editor Lasantha Wickremetunge filed action against Gotabaya Rajapaksa in California on April 7, 2019 requesting a Jury trial and compensation for the assaination of her father.
This bold move prompted and encouraged many victims who suffered during the ruthless Rajapaksa regime to come forward and file action against then Defense Secretary and current presidential hopeful Gotabaya.