24 July, 2021

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The Motion To Impeach The Chief Justice Should Be Withdrawn – Academics

By Colombo Telegraph

“We appeal to our representatives, the Executive and the Legislature, to fulfil their political and legal obligations towards us, and to guarantee respect of the judiciary and to defend their independence. The motion to impeach the Chief Justice should be withdrawn, those responsible for the assault on the Secretary to the JSC should be brought to justice and those responsible for the attack on the Mannar Courts should also be brought to justice.” say some leading academics in Sri Lanka.

We publish the statement in full;

The varied types of attacks on the judiciary in Sri Lanka have risen to alarming proportions over the last few weeks and suggest that the very institution of the judiciary is under serious threat in the country. We the undersigned are extremely disturbed by these developments and would like to request that both the Executive and Legislative arms of the state fulfil their duty and guarantee the security and independence of the judiciary. In making this request we would like to remind the government and the public that;

  1. ALL public power is derived only from the People (Articles 3 and 4 of the Constitution). As such, public power whether executive, legislative or judicial can only be exercised according to law and the democratic values of a society. Public power can only be exercised for the benefit of the People of Sri Lanka.
  2. The ‘benefit of the People’ cannot be equated with a majority view, a majoritarian approach, the political interests of the political party(ies) in power or of a powerful few within a government. Contemporary society world over has accepted that the dignity and equality of all human beings is inherent, inalienable and that protecting that dignity is the primary responsibility of a state. Accordingly the ‘benefit of the People’ can only be understood as a framework for decision making which respects the inherent dignity and equality of ALL people in this nation.
  3. Guaranteeing the independence and effective functioning of the judiciary in Sri Lanka is a prerequisite for protecting the dignity of all Sri Lankans. The judiciary are mandated under the Constitution to adjudicate on disputes that arise between private parties and between the state and individuals. It is only in a context where the judiciary can function independently and is also generally perceived as functioning independently that society could expect to live and act according to law.
  4. Recent events such as the attack on the Mannar Courts, the assault on the Secretary to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), understood in the light of the unprecedented public statement issued by the JSC, at the very least, suggests that the judiciary in Sri Lanka is struggling to maintain its independence. Political analysts have gone as far as to suggest that the Executive is directly interfering with the function of the judiciary.
  5. Against this background, the motion to impeach the Chief Justice that has been handed over to the Speaker of Parliament is highly suspect. At the face of it, it seems to be evident that the all powerful Executive arm of the government is taking advantage of its position to undermine the judicial arm of the state, through a subservient Legislature. This is a manifest abuse of public power and goes against all accepted democratic norms of government. While the politicians and the political party(ies) in power may seemingly emerge as victors in the short run in this matter, in the long run, neither those politicians, those political parties, the Opposition nor the People would stand to benefit. ALL Sri Lankans will suffer grave consequences due to this interference with the Judiciary.
  6. While politicians and political parties in power are understood as being susceptible to act according to prevailing political interests, the judicial arm of a state is designed specifically to defend against all, the law and the spirit of the law. That includes the democratic values of a society and the rights of all persons. In a society where the other arms of the government interferes with that function of the judiciary and is aggressive towards the judiciary, the political sustainability of that society is under threat.
  7. The motion to impeach the Chief Justice and the other attacks on the judiciary are but only symptoms of a more alarming, complex and long standing crisis of governance in Sri Lanka. With each new incident the crisis becomes more embedded and widespread. The broader political context in which these incidents have taken place suggest a complex inter-play of different factors characteristic of a society where political patronage, expediency and convenience are the reference points for exercise of public power rather than democratic principles of governance and the law.

Therefore, we appeal to our representatives, the Executive and the Legislature, to fulfil their political and legal obligations towards us, and to guarantee respect of the judiciary and to defend their independence. The motion to impeach the Chief Justice should be withdrawn, those responsible for the assault on the Secretary to the JSC should be brought to justice and those responsible for the attack on the Mannar Courts should also be brought to justice.

Signatories

1. Dr Ranil Abayasekera (University of Peradeniya)
2. Dr Harini Amarasuriya (The Open University of Sri Lanka)
3. Prof Samuel Anbahan Ariadurai (The Open University of Sri Lanka)
4. Dr KKIU Arunakumara (University of Ruhuna)
5. Prof Navaratna Bandara (University of Peradeniya)
6. Dr G Bandarage (The Open University of Sri Lanka)
7. Dr Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri (University of Colombo)
8. Prof Priyan Dias (University of Moratuwa)
9. Dr Lesly Ekanayake (University of Moratuwa)
10. Dr GWAR Fernando (The Open University of Sri Lanka)
11. Mr Rohan Fernando (The Open University of Sri Lanka)
12. Dr Theodore Fernando (The Open University of Sri Lanka)
13. Dr Hans Gray (University of Moratuwa)
14. Dr Ranil Guneratne (University of Colombo)
15. Dr Dileni Gunewardene (University of Peradeniya)
16. Dr Jinasena Hewage (University of Ruhuna)
17. Prof Rohini Hewamanne (University of Colombo)
18. Dr Rangika Halwatura (University of Moratuwa)
19. Prof OA Illeperuma (University of Peradeniya)
20. Dr Prabhath Jayasinghe (University of Colombo)
21. Dr Janaki Jayawardena (University of Colombo)
22. Dr Barana Jayawardana (University of Peradeniya)
23. Dr Romaine Jayawardena (University of Colombo)
24. Dr Ananda Jayawickrama (University of Peradeniya)
25. Mr Nandaka Maduranga Kalugampitiya (University of Peradeniya)
26. Dr Parakrama Karunaratne (University of Peradeniya)
27. Dr Danesh Karunanayake (University of Peradeniya)
28. Assc Prof SR Kodituwakku (University of Peradeniya)
29. Dr Chulantha Kulasekere (University of Moratuwa)
30. Ms Rushira Kulasingham (University of Colombo)
31. Prof Amal Kumarage (University of Moratuwa)
32. Dr Shamala Kumar (University of Peradeniya)
33. Dr Nilantha Liyanage (University of Ruhuna)
34. Dr Sanjeeva Maithripala (University of Peradeniya)
35. Mr Sudesh Mantillake (University of Peradeniya)
36. Dr Suresh de Mel (University of Peradeniya)
37. Dr Mahim Mendis (The Open University of Sri Lanka)
38. Dr Neavis Morais (The Open University of Sri Lanka)
39. Prof Harsha Munasinghe (University of Moratuwa)
40. Dr M M M Najim (University of Kelaniya)
41. Mr Nilhan Niles (University of Moratuwa)
42. Mr Chaminda Pathirana (University of Moratuwa)
43. Prof Milton Rajaratne (University of Peradeniya)
44. Dr Sanath Rajapakse (University of Peradeniya)
45. Mr Rohana Rathnayaka (The Open University of Colombo)
46. Dr Uditha Ratnayake (The Open University of Colombo)
47. Dr A C Ratnaweera (University of Peradeniya)
48. Ms Dinesha Samararatne (University of Colombo)
49. Ms Thanuja Sandanayake (University of Moratuwa)
50. Dr Vajira Namal Seneviratne (University of Colombo)
51. Prof Upul Sonnadara (University of Colombo)
52. Mr Ranil Sugathadasa (University of Moratuwa)
53. Dr Sivamohan Sumathy (University of Peradeniya)
54. Ms Imalka Tennakoon (University of Peradeniya)
55. Prof R O Thattil (University of Peradeniya)
56. Mr Chandraguptha Thenuwara (University of Visual & Performing Arts)
57. Prof Vasanthi Thevanesam (University of Peradeniya)
58. Prof K S Walgama (University of Peradeniya)
59. Dr Ruvan Weerasinghe (University of Colombo)
60. Prof Carmen Wickramagamage (University of Peradeniya)
61. Prof P Wickramagamage (University of Peradeniya)
62. Prof Suren Wijeykoon (University of Moratuwa)
63. Dr KMGG Jayasuriya (University of Peradeniya)
64. Mr APS Fernando (Rajarata University)

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    Purgué Purgué Purgué :)

    Kuddu Uda Rajapakistan.

    Big Brother is Watching.

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      Rajapaksa love to play Superman, rushing to save some poor village girl at the drop of a hat. But the reluctance to improve the independence of the judiciary or the police that effect everyone is palpable.

      How long can he fool the people with this silly hero act?

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    I welcome this appeal by the academic community as part of my wider
    appeal that the more initiated in the country should come forward to
    defend the State and the peopleagainst the many assaults on it by a self-centred regime that cares tuppence for peace and unity in the country. It was because civil society remained silent on earlier attacks on matters of public interest that the regime is removing the many “obstacles” in its path to total venal conquent – step by step.

    The attack on the institution of the CJ must be defended entirely
    though I have my own view on the individual holding the office, who has, willingly, deliberately and consciously, colluded with the ruling clique in many matters of a pecuniary nature against the people for years until she found herself a target of the regime’s ire.

    The old saying goes “when thieves fall out good men come on their own”

    Senguttuvan

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      I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments expressed by Senguttuvan. Let us not delve on personalities but the office she holds. At this moment of time as Safa rightly points out all of us must unite to see that the country does not slip any further into the abyss of totalitarianism. Let us hope with a united voice we could persuade the powers that be to change their course. This will be better for them and the country as a whole.

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    Well done Academics.Keep up your good work.

    What is happening in the PSC is, a a kangaroo trial in every sense. Its outcome is a foregone conclusion. Notwithstanding this scenario, our courageous CJ is standing firm. What, as ordinary citizens, we have to do is to stand by her and extend our support to her before the country becomes BANANA republic.

    We wish our CJ Ms. Shirani Bandaraanayake the very best of luck.

    That’s all we could do at the present moment for her.

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    Other professional organisations, student organisations, workers unions, farmers unions, civilian societies and organisation, religous organistaions should follow suite and raise their voice and submit petitions to the govt on this issue which affects every one of us.

    Let us see if our elected represntatives heed the voice of the people or continue on this self destructive path.

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    I wonder whether this long signatory list will be added to traitors list by the government and government media!!

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    I agree with our intellectuals, They are the people who should be in front not the low grade politicians. One thing i have to say about Judiciary, They should not Kiss ass of politicians, They should not expect the government position to their .They always stand for justice which they did not do for SF.CJ should raise her concern when Namal Hora gooda pass low (Law) exams and cancel His law degree. I think first this situation created by Judiciary by supporting corrupt politician now it’s come after them.

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      I will stand na.ed in the Galle Face Green for a whole day if Law Degree Scholar Namal Rajapakse who took 98 MARKS, can take 75 marks(leave alone 98) if another test is given. I also herd he is the only second graduate ever in Sri Lanka’s history to get 98 marks. I also want to know who corrected his test paper.It should be open to public to see. THIS IS A CHALLENGE. The photos with CJ is all a cover up which MR induced to show his son’s performance. CJ could have been forced and induced to take this photo shoot. (Remember MR getting Hon.Degree in Russia) What a bluff…what a show off. There should be a limit for drama and jokes. One can only guess how far deep the MR venom gone into public life. Wake up Sri- Lanka…wake-up.

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        In the first place this bugger did NOT have the requisite qualifications to enter Sri Lanka Law College!!

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    It is unfortunate that the Academics felt it necessary to intervene in an important issue such as an Impeachment. These 117 MPs who have brought the impeachment motion against the present CJ did not use an impeachment against Sarath de Silva who took dangerous decisions when the country was under attack by a group of terrorists. In considering that one cannot help but assume that these 117 MPs may have reasons to believe that the Present CJ has committed an unpardonable offense during a more peaceful time when the Government has done remarkable developments in every aspect for the betterment of the country, for which these 117 MPs have also contributed. Therefore looking at the Impeachment Motion in that light it seems that we have to respect what ever reasons the 117MPs had to present the Impeachment Motion against the Present CJ. Therefore, everybody local and foreign should leave the Parliament to take a decision on the Impeachment Motion presented to it. That is democracy. It is our representatives who have taken the decision and it is upto us to abide by it.

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      CHAR LESS PERERA;

      THOSE 117 M PS AND SOME/MANY OTHERS IN THAT DIYAWANNAOYA PIGGERY ARE DUMB ASSES LIKE YOU?.
      I HEARD MOST OF THEM ARE RE CONVICTED CRIMINALS AND GANG LEADERS.WHEN YOU SE THIR PAST ACTION ANY BODY CAN DECIDE WHY THEY OBEYED TO THEIR [SITTING ON THE BRAIN] MASTERS.
      IF I CAN UNDERSTAND THIS DESTABILIZATION OF JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATIVE SYSTEM SIMPLY AS I AM NOT AN EDUCATED, WHAT ABOUT THE INTELLECTUALS AND ACADEMICS.
      I PROPOSE YOU TO BETTER TO WIPE YOUR MOUTH, NOW ENOUGH OF LICKING YOU HAVE DONE FOR THE DIYAWNNAOYA PIGGERY.
      IF YOU ARE GOING TO PAY RESPECT TO THEM,
      WHAT ABOUT RESPECTABLE INTELLECTUALS AND ACADEMICS?.

      AND AND AND YOU?
      DONT YOU HAVE ANY SELF RESPECT?

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      It is not unfortunate for people to express their views and opinions. This is not an intervention it is their right. Parliment is elected by the people, they didnt come from the moon. They cannot just do what they want.
      Doing remarkable developments in what? White vanning, crossing over, squeezing the private parts of a ven thero in parliment?

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        Really ?

        These idiots are merciless and- they can even shoot at you on day light – so why to worry about squeezing pvt parts as you say.. :(

        But I never thought that they could become to that uncivilised levels as it is seen today – see the levels we have achieved today…

        On the other hand, one cant expect better – if the leader himself is louded to be not doing what he promises :( as revealed by one of his cousins to CT lately.

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      what a dimwit are you ?

      Why should these academics issue any statement in terms of millitary win against Ltte terror with the island ? As repeatedly analaysed by professionals and interlectuals, it was a collective work by lanken forces, lanken incumbent GOV, and previous gov (for having bought collosal amounts of sophisticated weapanries) and srilanken friendly inernational communities. Besides, just because of the defeat, one should not agree with the incumbent president whatever doggy dicisions he makes. If he is that pragmatic, he should also be able to tackle today^s problems facing the country in post war episode. Sadly, your ilk of people should be given the blame for all these – so long your ilk would not grasp the gravity of the problems that the incumbent has already mastered – there will be no progress for the nation. All others who pray for country and nation^s sake will have to suffer because of you buggers :(

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    Unfortunately the Rajapaksas and their foloowers will steamroller this Motion through Parliment. The Govt MPs have too much to loose financially to do otherwise. They are robbing the Country dry through threats and intimidation. I hope to God the ordinary people will come to realise the damage that is being done to this Country. No party should ever have the opportunity to acquire a 2/3 rd majority in Parliment and the Executivew Presidency should also be abolished.

    What Country in the world can maintain such a large Govt work-force, most of whom are twiddling their thumbs or casting rude remarks at the female employees around them.

    WAKE UP SRI LANKA OR BE DESTROYED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    when time to go home this lady has to go,look the board papers of national saving bank her husband corruption ,how can all of you signings this nature of petition and asking to stay this lady in supreme court,dear so call academics ,are you guys are out of your mind.all of you did not have capacity to object at the time this lady came to supreme court from back door and make judiciary in to politically motivated place and delivering the judgment written in temple tree place when former president was their.if this lady stay any in supreme court,we are going to loss trust on entire judicial system.the only place is making the law and changing the law is parliament not the petta street or few so call academics.so it is the time country needs to clear corrupted judiciary system like terrorists of the nation if you want to develop this nation.

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      Even the Mahanayakes have sent a letter asking this to be stopped. Are they also “the petta street or few so call academics”.

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    Dear readers. I personally knows who are these people and what kind of politics they are actively doing. So dont follow those acadermics. First thing what people must do is ask to investigate their background politics. I personally knows most of them are catpaw of big NGOs, some of them are solid members of JVP, UNP and CP. In addition to that some of them got big connection with tamil diaspors. Other thing I must mention is most of these people doesnt do even their teaching job perfectly. For example if they have to teact one hr, some timese they dont come to university for one week or teach only 0.5 hrs. First of all government must investigate these acadermics.

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      KUMAR “KONDA”

      fist tell us WHO ARE YOU ?

      PUBLISH YOUR C V /RESUME, THEN READERS WILL DECIDE.

      OTHERWISE WITHDRAW WHAT YOU SAID, AND GO FLY A KITE.

      THERE IS NOTHING MORE TO SAY TO A TRAITOR OF MOTHER LANKA.

      ARE YOU GOING TO BE A MOTHER CRAB?.

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      My HATS OFF FOR YOUR VALUBLE COMMENT.
      Ok, I f Or any Simple Simon is accused of such allegations, Can I too get such sort of support from the so called ACADEMICS????
      This shows HOW THEY ARE BEEN BOUGHT BY THE CORRUPT,WEST ORIENTED, NGOs!
      Is this not correct.
      When ever there is any allegation to any human being irrespective of the social status,CAN CAN HE OR SHE GET SUCH SUPPORT FROM THE ,LAWYER’S ASSOCIATION, SO CALLED ACADEMICS Etc Etc???
      If AN ORDINARY CITIZEN COMMITS A CRIME,HE OR SHE WILL BE DEALT ACCORDINGLY.But Yoy Fools want Gosl to PARDON HER ALL WRONG DOINGS AND OBSWERVE SILANCE?
      No! No1 No!

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        If a politician commits a crime he gets of scott free. Whats troubling you when people speak up. Only you can talk?

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    I would say go ahead with the impeachment process. IF Chief Justice has not done any wrong she has got a chance to prove her innocence. And the world can see the whole process and determine if it is a fair process.

    If the whole process is not fair the Tamil community has another valid point that they cannot expect any justice from this government. After all if CJ can’t get a fair treatment then how can Tamil community or rest of the srilankans.

    Why do Academics ask for like a favourism from government to drop the impeachment process. Any intellectuals will ask for a fair process. How can anyone decide before the process CJ is innocent. Lets give a chance for her to express herself and we can hear her side of the story as well.

    Judiciary may learn a tough lesson from the whole scene I guess. After all everyone knows what they did with the 18th amendment!!!

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    At a time when heavy boulders are floating on water and lightweight stones are sinking, who would listen to these erudites? The dreams of the King of Kosol Janapada are turning into reality indeed!

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    What is at state is the independence of the judiciary. Can the Parliamentary Select Committee function as a judicial body? Is constituting such a committee – majority of its members represent the interests of the accusers)- consistent with the relevant provisions of the Constitution? Can we expect a fair trial from this Committee? Is the procedure being adopted in this case in consonance with norms followed in democracies in the world in respect of identical cases? Will the people accept a ruling given by a virtual Kangaroo Court? What would be the international repercussions in the event of the Chief Justice is impeached? Let the regime ponder the answers to these question before proceeding with the impeachment proceedings!

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    It is about time we rediscover our lost democratic Sri Lanka. If we allow the corrupt, lawless Banana Republic to continue any longer, we will surely loose our mother Lanka. If this is not done, the Country will never return to normalcy and will end up another Lybia. We need a Statesman not a rouge to lead the Country. We need some one who treat the citizens as supreme and not the criminals, murderers, rapists, drug dealers and terrorists. We need someone who understands that the need of the hour is not RACING CARS but food for the poor. What is going on in the Country now is personal and stupid. God save former democratic Sri Lanka.

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    It became clear during the FUTA strike that academics were generally held in high esteem by the general public. Their behaviour during this period served to heighten their image. It is important from now onwards that they express their views on all important national events. This must be done – as in other countries – in a mature and reasoned manner so that the public will be properly informed.
    At present, the public are misinformed by the State media and partially informed – depending on their particular editorial policy – by private print media. The people are urgently in need of an independent view and it is the duty of the academics to provide this.

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    I agree with laksiri ,this CJ has to go,look the board papers of national saving bank her husband corruption ,how can all of you signings this nature of petition and asking to stay this lady in supreme court,He clearly states the point these academics looking at different point of view.As he states this lady came to supreme court from back door and make judiciary in to politically motivated place and delivering the judgment written in temple tree place when former president was their.if this lady stay any in supreme court,we are going to loss trust on entire judicial system.I agree with him some point but I am not saying that every SC Judges are not like this.They have lot of experience in the Official bar (AG’s) department Justice Sallem,Justice Dep,Justice Eva Wanasundara,Ekanayake, Imman, Justice Ratnayake,some of them. The S.C. is only place, is making the law and changing the Law in our country.Judges should respect their ethic,as well as traditions.i think lower Court judges follow more that CJ’ this
    Ethics and traditions of the Judiciary in our country.If this has happen in the UK or USA.Next day they may, apologist and resigned from their post.

    once again ,these 117 MPs may have reasons to believe that the Present CJ has committed an unpardonable offense during a more peaceful time when the Government has done remarkable developments in every aspect for the betterment of the country. we have to respect what ever reasons the 117MPs had to present the Impeachment Motion against the Present CJ. Therefore,But Chair person, and Several other members of the committee all are politician but they are only for name sake Attorneys-at-laws.Impeachment Motion presented to them .That is democracy. But they are not impartial.Some or other they are our representatives who have taken the decision and it is upto us to abide by it.Next people must used their votes to chase them from this parliamentary term.

    Kumar S.

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    Incumbent CJ’s irregular appointment ten deprived others much senior to her, their due promotion. Have we given any consideration to that injustice?
    Hence, let thieves fall out. Allow them to ‘wash their dirty linen’, resulting in the revealation of their past nefarious activities.
    Academics and Professionals must unite to ensure the future appointment of the most eligible person according to experience and seniority sans political motives.

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    This is a joke!!!! no matter what the ruling party take as a decision the internationally its not accepted and the big so called academics want approve as well. According to the constitution his Excellency the President is the head and people need to learn to live with it. So far as far as country’s concerns he has done the best. people shut up and let him do his job…..

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      Nalin,
      You say “So far as far as country’s concerns he has done the best. people shut up and let him do his job”

      These are some of his best actions so far:

      1. As a Prime Minister, he “HELPED HAMBATHOTA” by diverting charitable donations given by foreign countries and NGOs.
      2. He bribed the LTTE leader to arrange Tamils to boycott the elections enabling him to win.
      3. Even with all the support given by 20 odd powerful nations he could not wage war with LTTE without killing thousands of innocent Tamil civilians- in fact they were massacred by the State forces after ordering them to stay in “Safe No Fire Zones”.
      4. He lured MPs from opposition parties to cross-over promising Cabinet posts and various other perks.
      5, He wasted monies obtained on loans with unwanted projects like
      Hambanthota Port, Airport, Stadium. super Highways. He appointed 101 Ministers (a world record) which included criminals, ex-LTTE commander, Drug dealers, assigning each to do his dirty works.
      6. He aligned with totalitarian countries in preference to democratic
      nations despite the fact the both sides helped him in the war to eliminate LTTE.
      7. He appointed his close family members/ relatives who control most of the ministries and finances.
      8, Believing in Astrology he goes out of the country during inauspicious periods, taking a jumbo delegation with him thus wasting
      the tax payer’s money.

      This list can go on and on.

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    This indeed a good move by the acadenics.Where do the Bar Association and Judges stand on this matter?

    Lucky

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    Dons have every rights to asked WITHDRAW imperchment? Imperchment base ON WHAT?
    Is corrupation charges are against CJ and her husband.This is concern of major Justice issue and Moral issue of Court of Law.And deep and grater concern of Publie life and Tax payers are concern is very important.All CJ salary paid not BY DONS OF UNVIERSITES BUT BY PUBLIC OF HARD WORKING PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY.
    PEOPLE HAVING EVERY RIGHT TO KNOW WAHT IS HAPPING INSIDE COURT OF LAW AND FAIR PLAY BY THE JUSTICE.WE DON’T WANT TO HIDE REAL FACTS TO THE PUBLIC IN COURT OF JUSTICE.
    HOW ARE WE GOING MONITOR OF INTERGRITY & HONEST OF CJ?
    ONLY ONE WAY IS IMPERCHMANT GOING CONDUCTS THROUGH INVESGATION BY ELECATED MEMBER OF PARLIMENT. THE CORRUPATION CHARGES OF IMPERACHMENT CASE MAJOR PROBLEM OF IMPARLITY AND FAILR PLAY OF LEGAL SYSTEM OF SRI LANKA.
    WHY THIS EDUCATED DON’S OF UNIVERSITIES CANNOT UNDERSTAND SIMPLE FACT?
    WHAT IS YOUR VESTED INTEREST OF WITHDRAW IMPERCHMENT AGIANST CJ IN PARLIAMNAT.
    AS EUCDATED TEACHERS OF UNIVERTIES YOU SHOULD SET EXAPMLE BEFORE PUBLIC OF SRI LANKAN YOURS IMPARTIALITY; WRONG DOING AND NEGATIVE APPROCH OF WITHDRAW OF IMPERCHMENT GOING TO UNDERMINE ENTIRE LEGAL ORDER AND PROMOATING CORRUPATION IN JUSTICE SYSTEM AND COURT OF LAW IN OUR NATION.

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    This is completly wrong statement. If these people are real intellctuals they have to request fair mechanism to give justice for CJ. Not saying to cancell it. First check where this statement came from may be catholic church and foreign $ nothing else. As everybody knows Sri Lankan professors are real jokers without PhD from good ranking University and at least minimum 15 publications in high end ISI and Scopus level journals. Everubody knows how CJ acted at the intial stages with Rajapaksha regime. Whoever did wrong things law has to take its own course. Now government must check these peoples qualifications and publications and sack them for eating poor tax payer money covering to wrong Prof.titles. Even Sudan, Ethiopia need 15 minimum publications in high end indexed journals with Impact factors and PhD from at least top ranking 200 University to apply for Professor postion.

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      Whatever qualifications you may possess, do you at all believe that the current regime would respect even if the interllectuals come up with their requests ? Have they at all respected what the promised to them in the recent strikes ?

      Secondly, I really dont believe that many of the professors among them are underqualified in SL ? Just because of the least minority of the professiors that seem to own proveed qualifications- we dont even need to attack entire uni academics by accusing the manner that your kind of ilk are felt to do so.

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        Sorry to recorret…

        it should be the least minority with inadeqate qualifications to become professors…. etc..

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          Last FUTA struggle exposed that Sri Lankan Universities are full of fake profs and jokers. Without PhD from good ranking University and at least minimum 15 publications in ISI journals no country is giving professor positions except Sri Lanka. That is why these people work less than $ 1000 per months.If you talk with Sri Lankan profs you will see how jokers are they 98% Ruhuna University profs can not speak english and Regional Universties 99% profs do not have any foreign degee or exposure. They do not know what is ISI and IF factors. Using CJ now they want to topple Mahinda. That is day dream fake jokers.

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          that means only 1 in 50 is conversant in English in that University ?

          So according to you, how have they finalized their Dissertations to be able to get their PhDs ?

          Do you know that Japanese, Russians, Chinese and many other professors cant communicate in English ? But many of them are very good at the written aspect of the journal papers. Anyway, I have no idea about lanken universities for the last 2 decades, but I have got to know a few lanken scholarship holders in Germany, the Netherlands and UK. Most of them have done their best in their PhD works.

          All those who add comments of this kind should also provide the references to facilitate their opinions, I hardly believe that the specifications made by several commentators as if they have a grudge against lanken university professors. I am aware of the status about the junior lecturer appointments with just a class in their basic degrees. But I really dont think that majority that have become professors to lanken university staffs have inadequate qualifications.

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      I recently checked qualifications of Sri Lankan professors for international consultancy assignment of ADB. I found amazing that more than 90% professors without PhD from recognised Universities and even 8% do not have first degrees. Situation worse in regional Universities. Ruhuna, Rajarata and Sabaragamuwa…etc utter hell. Sabaragamuwa University PhD Centre Director does not have PhD and More than 100% Sabaragamuwa University professors are fakes. I checked Moratuwa University Profesors qualifications More than 10% do not have PhDs and 24% do not have PhDs from good ranking Universitiers. All of them have publications in IESL magazines (Engineer and Transcations..etc)which they run. These magazines no where indexed and listed. Interesting thing is these guys are putting these low level publications in to their web site also as achivements. Medical facuty same Arts faculty hell. Some dept are family trees and full of henchmen. Colombo University arts faculty such famous familiy and henchmen full and disrobed people full faculties can be seen. Recheck and sack fake professors from Sri Lankan Universties take examples from Sudan, Ethiopia and …etc

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        ADB is a banker not an educational institute therefore its mouth is where its money goes and it’s not just SL. Some of the best lecturers we have known in the field of engineering (not Sri Lankan) had simple B. Tech (5+1years) and the very best professional practice in town so when they lectured we listened because it was all about theory in practice which the PhD could never deliver. PhD’s can generally go above the head of an undergraduate and a Master of Engineering is usually good at teaching the history of engineering.
        Africa is just a Gravy Train they have had respect for Ceylonese lecturers upto the 70’s and after that…..its any bodies guess.

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        Aruguna is completly right ADB is do many works in higher edcation to roads, power, water and etc. Not nly money. Some donkies even do not know hat pity. I also Education consultant to ADB many years we do many projects on Sri Lankan higher education. Visit http://www.adb.org and learn it is not only giving and lending money.

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      I fully agree with Malini. Check the list of professors at Sri Jayewardenepura University. Except a very few most are not fit to be professors. They are either suckers of the VC or the Deans or the HODs. Chemistry department is a good example. A Professor(HOD)with a confused mind who retired sometime back did not have an iota of ability for research. There is one professor with zero research who failed miserably to get even his PhD and came back with an MSc. Another professor does not have a single publication in an international journal from her PhD. Same with other departments at SJPU. God bless Sri Lankan Universities. Further, they do not deserve any pay hike as there work load is negligible.

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    Well done Sirs.
    This is an era of putting the democracy in the grave yard.
    Those fools like Weerawansa and half baked Pavithra and
    others are the mouth pieces of killers of
    the rights of our future generation.
    All of the should know that one day or another
    they too would have to remove their clothes and
    become the subjects of the same law.
    That is the general and reality.

    Kautilya.

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    Well done Sirs.
    This is an era of putting the democracy in the grave yard.
    Those fools like Weerawansa and half baked Pavithra and
    others are the mouth pieces of killers of
    the rights of our future generation.
    All of them should know that one day or another
    they too would have to remove their clothes and
    become the subjects of the same law.
    That is the general and reality.
    By then it will be too late.

    Kautilya.

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    My hats off to all those acadamics who penned their signature to this letter but I have doubts these idiots in Power will listen to anyone.
    One day they will have to……We”ll keep our eyes open then it will be too late for these Guys…?You saw whats happened in Iraq,Libya and so on……so who knows….everything has a limit….?
    No one is above the power of people who lives in this country Srilanka.

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    The explanation given in the statement is clear enough. Let all stand by it. In fact we ought to be proud of our dons.

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    Each & every Academics have a moral responsibility for the society (who partially paid for their education)to raise their voice when needed.

    As we all know that most of the politicos knows how to earn money and they are the most un-educated privileged people in the world.

    How can they be a judge for a most Educated person????

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    Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma yesterday expressed concern about the recent move by the Parliament of Sri Lanka to impeach the country’s Chief Justice, Dr Shirani Bandaranayake.

    Speaking in London, the Secretary-General said: “The Commonwealth’s principal consideration is that the provisions of Sri Lanka’s constitution are upheld with regards to the removal of judges, respecting the independence of the judiciary.”

    The Secretary-General stressed that the Commonwealth believes the preservation of the rule of law and independence of the judiciary are vital to the healthy functioning of a democracy. He noted: “The Commonwealth’s Latimer House Principles, which govern the relationship between the three branches of government, are a cornerstone of our association’s values. All our member states have committed themselves to upholding the Latimer House Principles so that citizens’ faith and confidence in democratic culture is assured and the rule of law is maintained.”

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    Check each and every member of these academics, all of them have problems with government. Some are very active members of FUTA and its sister unions whom wanted topple government with GDP 6% slogan. Some are not even qualified to get Lecturer position from good university. But fake profs in Sri Lankan low level public sector Universities. Now government can check each and every member’s qualifications and publications (Author published books are just jokes) and their history and peanlised. Most issued statement by mentioning University name. That is violation of their employment contract. VCs of so called universties must sack them for using University name. Only Registrar and VC can issue press statements by using University name. Sack them. Now people see UNO and Other foreign powers need whatever reason to interfere/meddle other countries.This is LTTE motive. Nothing wrong with check and balances for anybody.

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      So Idiot, Mahanyaka’s also LLTE supporters ?? :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
      Get a life modaya!!!!!!!!!

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    The billions of Chinese and Indians are moving forward, but the Sri Lankans are still fighting since 1948. The Sri Lankan population is not even 2% of the Chinese or Indian population. The Sri Lankan politicians are disgraceful, and shame for the 21st century humanity. Currently the country is not heading in the right direction. I urge the Sinhalese to steer the country into the right path. The Sri Lankans have removed the unelected terrorists, now they have to remove the elected terrorists. The Sinhalese have enough intellectuals to accomplish this task. However, the Tamil political leadership have been removed by the Indians through the Tamil armed groups to accomplish India’s interests. Today the Tamil leaders are under the grip of India and Western Countries. It is a real disaster for the Tamils and Sri Lanka. I urge the Tamils to build their political leadership who can think on their own. The government must help the Tamils to build their political leadership or disaster will carry-on forever. At the moment the government is enjoying the Tamils’ weakness, but in the long term it will work against the whole country, and put all the Sr Lankans behind the other Asians. If the Sri Lankans are not careful Sri Lanka will become the hell of Asia.

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      Billions of Indians and Chinese ?

      How many of indians contribute to the development of the country is not even 400 mio out of 1.3 Billion folk. India is a country and a nation where the under poverty levels are common among 800 mio more of their population. Most that are busy with information technology are believed be not even 10 millions.

      The statistics of the china are almost the same. Majority of them are under poverty. Please get the facts before goinng to compare ours with that of them. Two varied ideologies but most of them are still in under poverty in both grand nations.

      Sure, the current and the previous govts have not done the job properly to allow the nation’s progress to achieve their ultimate goals – but ours are not comparable to indians and chinese. Better to focus on Malaysia before their development – and perhaps those of countries like Cuba.

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    Ms. Nirupma 100% corect. Instead of developing Universities and doing research and making publications in high end journals, so called fools in Universities (Fake professors) are issuing press statement to topple government. Malani’s comment also 100% correct. Check publications of these so called jokers. It is shame. I do not know who gave them professorships. Even now they are asking biggest salary for doing nothing. Sack them for issung press statement by using University names. That is violation of their employment contract. Defense secretary, UGC officers and VCs why are you silent for this? How many of these people write reports for foreign agencies against this government. Mahinda brothers identify these people and penalised before they become traitors. Now GDP 6% changed to CJ to topple government. Most of these signatories are now not in Sri Lanka.

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      Good idea. Sack them for issuing public statements by usng University name. Yes it is violation of their employment contract and Constitution. If VCsand UGC are unable interdict and sack them, government must sack VCs of these Universities and UGC Chairman.Defense Ministry check back ground of these academics some robbed billions while in Univesities and some are famous catholic converters of Sinahla and Hindu students to christians and getting millions from Church.

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      Guruwan,
      what reu talking about ? I wonder why you all think that they must write publications as ones are engaged on the west. Have they got enough funds to gon on with their research at lanken Univerisites ? This is common to many in entire developing world. Most of the uni researchers dont get funds. Even on the west, there are professors that dont write papers on regular basis. But their papers that the publish in the previous years have been recongnized by other researchers. I really dont think that one can become a professor easily if he or she just got a PhD. He or she should have years long post doc experience. I hve no idea about lanken uni professors, but this is common to many almost for any candidate who has become a professor. I dont think lanken universities are connected with industries as it is the case for european universities. If lankens university professors are being attacked to the manner you and your ilk do – uni products – the quality of the uni products should have been lowered in the last decade. Is this the case in SL ?

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