Update: CJ Shirani Bandaranayaka reinstated today, retires tomorrow
The Bar Association President Upul Jayasuriya said Dr. Shirani Bandaranayaka can hold her position as the 43rd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka as the Government has removed all obstacles imposed on her earlier.
However Jayasuriya said that Dr. Bandaranaake who assumed duties today would retire from her post tomorrow.
The government stated this afternoon the removal of Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake is illegal therefore the replacement of the post with Mohan Peries was invalid.
A notice issued by the presidential media unit stated that a proposal was made to parliament to appoint a special select committee in order to propose to the President to remove Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.
The statement further says, although that proposal was approved, a proposal to remove Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was not approved.
Therefore the Government’s opinion is that this process to remove Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake and the replacement of the post with Mohan Peries were illegal and invalid.
The Chief Justice position became a controversial issue after reports appeared that then Chief Justice Mohan Peries was involved in the alleged coup in the night of presidential election day at Temple Trees.
Later the CID questioned Mohan Peries with regard to the alleged coup attempt, and several civil organizations and the Bar Association pressurized Mohan Peries to resign from the post.
Accordingly, several civil organizations and the Bar Association staged a protest in front of the Supreme Court Complex this morning demanding Mohan Peries to resign.
Meanwhile Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake arrived at Chief Justice’s Office at the Supreme Court this noon.
Bar Association members welcomed Dr. Bandaranayake on her arrival at the Supreme Court Complex, and the proceedings that took place inside afterward were not exposed to the media.
Later the Bar Association held a media briefing at its office at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.
Addressing the media Bar Association President Upul Jayasuriya said 43rd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka was not removed legally.
He also said the Government has therefore removed all obstacles to enable her to continue her duties in the post of Chief Justice.
However, Upul Jayasuriya further said that Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake has decided to retire from her post with effect from tomorrow.
Update: Wednesday, 28 January 2015 - 07:35 PM ............................................................................... The Government removed barriers for CJ Shirani's come back - BASL says
The 43rd Chief Justice of Sri Lanka Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake arrived in Hulftsdorp a short while ago and is currently in the Supreme Court complex.
The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) President Upul Jayasuriya states that Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake who assumed duties today will retire tomorrow. The BASL has stated that the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) has removed the barriers for CJ Shinari Bandaranaike to assume her duties once again for one day.
She was warmly welcomed by the members of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka and is expected to make a special statement shortly.