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Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 07.32 GMT

Threat to judiciary came from CJ's supporters - President


The threat to the Judiciary came from Chief Justice herself and her supporters by politicizing the entire situation, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

"Her supporters have degraded the Judiciary by turning the Supreme Court to another Lipton Circus," President said addressing editors of print and electronic media at Temple Trees this morning.

Judges should be of exemplary conduct and be above the politicians, he said.

Responding to a question about Chief Justice continuing to remain in office the former chair of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said that is in keeping with the provisions of the Constitution provisions.

President Rajapaksa added if there is an impeachment motion against the president of the country, the Constitution required that the President will lose the power of dissolving parliament until the matter was finalized.

However, in connection to an impeachment of the Chief Justice of the country, the Constitution states the charges should be investigated by a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC).

Responding to a question about the President appointing an independent committee to study the PSC report over the impeachment charges against the Chief Justice, and make recommendations to him, President Rajapaksa said he will be following normal procedures with regard to reports submitted to him, and such action was part of his duties and functions.

Refusing media reports that the Chief Justice was ill-treated during the PSC proceedings, Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa and PSC member Minister Susil Premjayanth said that the Chief Justice and her legal team was treated with all respect and courtesy, even more than what was extended to former Chief Justice Neville Samarakoon.

There were provisions for the Chief Justice to submit responses and also raise queries on any matters about which she had questions, Minister Yapa added.

President emphasized that the appointment of the PSC and its conduct was in fully keeping with the Law and Standing Order as adopted during the UNP. None of these provisions were made by the present committee, President added.





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