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Saturday, December 08, 2012 - 15.10 GMT

PSC on impeachment trial of Chief Justice submits report to parliament

 

The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) hearing the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayke has submitted its resolution to parliament today. (08).

The PSC, which met Friday without its opposition members and the Chief Justice herself, had concluded its probe and submitted the resolution to parliament today, on the last day of parliamentary sessions for the year.

The chairman of the PSC Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa has said that a comprehensive report has been submitted to Parliament on the impeachment motion.

The legislature has been informed that it will be allocated 10 days for the debate on the resolution on the impeachment of the top judge.

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa has announced in Parliament that he was ready to allocate 10 days for a debate on the resolution after the legally required one month time.

According to the Standing orders of Parliament once a resolution is submitted to Parliament the legislature has to wait for one month before the Speaker can announce further action on the resolution and place it in the Order Paper.

The resolution will then be subjected to a vote at the end of the debate and it needs to be passed with a simple majority to allow the President to take a decision.

Parliament will take its one month break for the holidays from today and meet on January 8, 2013.

The 11-member PSC, appointed by the Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa and comprised seven government members and four opposition members, began its hearings on the impeachment motion against the chief justice on November 23.

The impeachment motion signed by 117 members of parliement chared the Chief Justice with 14 counts of financial and personal misconduct.



 

 
 
   
   
     
   
   

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