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Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption commences investigations against Chief Justice
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The Commission to Investigate Allegations of bribery or Corruption states that investigations have commenced into the complaints received by it.

Chairman of the Commission Former Supreme Court Judge Jagath Balapatabandi expressing his views in this regard noted that the complaint in this regard had been lodged by an individual at the commission last week.

The Chairman of the CIABC noted that the complaint lodged includes the assets

of the current chief justice.

Meanwhile Chief Incumbents of all three sects have directed a letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa concerning the impeachment motion filed against current Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranaike.

In their letter the Chief Prelates urge President Rajapaksa to once again closely scrutinize the requirement for an impeachment motion.

However addressing a function held in Udunuwara recently, Minister S.B. Dissanayeke noted that this was not the first instance in which an impeachment motion was filed against a Chief Justice in office.

Minister Dissanaye added that an impeachment had been filed in 1978 against former Chief Justice Neville Samarakoon, and another in the year 2002 against then Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva.

Moreover at a media briefing organised by the United National Party, Party Media Spokesperson MP Gayantha Karunathilleke expressed these views concerning the governments move to impeach the current Chief Justice.

In related developments a joint release in this regard has been issued by the United National Party & Opposition Alliance.

The Tamil National Alliance as well as the Nawa Sama Samaja Party are constituent parties of the opposition alliance which states that it will support any decision drawn by the Judges Association or the Bar Association to safeguard the independence of the countries judiciary.

Meanwhile the Peoples Movement for Democracy staged a protest walk from the Hulftsdorp court complex to Fort this evening in an act of dissent against the impeachment motion.

Vehicular traffic along Olcott Mawatha was limited to a single lane due to the protest.

During a media briefing convened by the Front Line Socialist Party, propaganda Secretary of the party Pubudu Jagoda charged that the government should be held responsible if the Chief Justice had committed any immoral acts.

However Minister Dullus Alahapperuma against this backdrop states that the impeachment motion to oust the current Chief justice is in line with the countries existing constitution.

Hence Minister Alahapperuma urged all parties to participate in the Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to investigate charges filed in the impeachment.

Also the Lanka Sama Samaja Party of which Minister-Professor Thissa Witharana remains the Secretary, informed the Speaker of Parliament today that

it would be withdrawing the signature of party MP Y.G. Padmasiri, which had been included in the impeachment motion.

Deputy Party Secretary Anil Sosa speaking to our news team expressed the following views in this regard.

Furthermore according to the Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party

S. Sudasinghe noted that his party would reach a final decision regarding

the impeachment motion today.

The democratic Leftist Front which is represented by Minister Wasudewa Nanayakkara meanwhile stated that it will decide on the impeachment following the speakers notification made to parliament.

Minister of Foreign Employment & Promotion Dilan Perera addressing a function in Bibila yesterday expressed the following views regarding the impeachment motion filed against Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranaike.


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