By Colombo Telegraph –
Hulfsdorp was agog today with the news that two Supreme Court judges were refused to sit with Justice Shiranee Tillekewardene.
Justice Tilakawardane was presiding over the bench listed to hear 26 cases at Court 502 of the Supreme Court. The other judges scheduled to sit were Justices Chandra Ekanayake and S.I. Imam. However when both judges did not make an appearance, Justice Tilakawardane who was the only judge in attendance was compelled to postpone all the cases scheduled for the day because of the
Reportedly this refusal was over her testimony before the Parliamentary Select Committee which had engaged in an impeachment inquiry into Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake and before which justice Tillekewardene had given damaging views against the Chief Justice.
Justice Tillekewardene sat alone as a single judge and postponed all cases coming up before her. A lawyer who was involved in the anti impeachment protests stated to Colombo Telegraph that this was the silent protest that judges with a conscience should carry out against those who ‘collaborate with the Mahinda Rajapaksa in order to degrade the judiciary’. ‘We should have had this happening a long time ago’, he said.