Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made a special statement in parliament today on the removal of Mohan Peries from the Chief Justice post and inviting Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake to resume duties as the 43rd Chief Justice.
Speaking further, Premier Wickremesinghe said that the Bar Association has been maintaining its stand stating the removal of Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake is illegal.
Update: Friday, 30 January 2015 - 08:06 PM .................................................................................... CJ Peiris wanted an ambassadorial post- PM
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe revealed in the Parliament that former Chief Justice Mohan Peiris demanded an ambassadorial position. He further confirmed that former Chief Justice Mohan Peiris was present at Temple Trees in the night of the Presidential Election Day.
The Prime Minister further said Peiris, later expressed his willingness to step-down provided he gets a diplomatic posting. The Prime Minister revealed that there was an issue with regard to the manner in which Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake was flawed.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said:
“When I questioned as to what he was doing at Temple Trees at that hour, he humbly replied me that he was there to advice.
During the speech, several opposition MPs including MP Wimal Weerawansa and MP Dinesh Gunawardene were seen disturbing Parliament. MP Dinesh Gunawardene stood by the statement of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and emphasized that former Chief Justice never made such a request.
Following the statement of PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, members present within the chamber began to speak out, it was then that Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala De Silva requested Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa to convene a party leaders meeting.
PM Ranil Wickremesinghe further said he is poised to face any debate over the Chief Justice’s issue.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made a special statement in the parliament today on the issue surrounding the position of Chief Justice.
The Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe further said he is willing to face any debate over the Chief Justice’s issue.
Following the statement of PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, members present within the chamber had begun to protest over the statement. The speaker of Parliament then took steps to adjourn the Parliamentary proceedings for 20 minutes to conduct the Party Leaders meeting