By Colombo Telegraph –
“A fair minded observer would have no doubt that insufficient time had been provided. With regard to procedures, worse was to come, because the Report says that, on the day after the Chief Justice walked out, witnesses were called, and gave their evidence. There is no record that the Chief Justice had been told that these witnesses were to be called to give evidence. The fact that she had been told she could send for witnesses to disprove the charges, before the charges had been substantiated by the witnesses the Committee had decided to call, would suggest bias to any fair minded observer.” says the government MP and the Leader of the Liberal Party Sri Lanka prof Rajiva Wijesinha.
“I have now had an opportunity to go through the report of the Parliamentary Select Committee that looked into the conduct of the Chief Justice” he says.
Writing to Colombo Telegraph he says; “In such a context Parliament would be wrong to impeach the Chief Justice without an objective review of the Report of the Committee. The President has declared that he will appoint a Committee to advise him. That might not be formally a satisfactory solution, but if he constituted the Committee in a manner acceptable to the Chief Justice as well as the Select Committee, and allowed a fair time for written representations, we might begin to move towards the fairness required with regard to so grave an undertaking as impeachment of a Chief Justice.”
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