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Friday, 23 November 2012 - 19:17
Chief Justice summoned before Parliamentary Select Committee; 3 petitions due to be taken up before court on the 21st of January



Proceedings of the Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to investigate

the impeachment motion filed against Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranaike has been postponed until the 04th of December.

This was subsequent to the PSC's assembly which took place at the parliamentary complex today.

Meanwhile Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranaike appeared before the Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to investigate the impeachment 

motion filed against her.

Dr. Bandaranaike was accompanied by her attorneys representing Neelakandan & associates & Attorney Saliya Peiris.

Meanwhile several attorneys representing the Colombo Magistrates court as well as several other courts had stated they wanted to well-wish the chief justice for her inquiry.

Subsequently the Chief Justice exited her official chambers to leave for the parliamentary complex where the Parliamentary Select Committee had convened.

Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranaike did so using the public entrance to the Supreme Court, an entrance which is generally not utilized by her.

As she appeared a group of attorneys had wished her luck.

According to our correspondents the chief justice had acted in an accommodating manner allowing journalists to obtain photographs & video recordings of her.

There after the Chief Justice had departed the Supreme Court premises at around 9.30 this morning in a vehicle owned by her attorney, & headed for the parliamentary complex.

In further developments another group of attorneys had dashed coconuts before a Bo-tree located at the court premises vehemently expressing their dissent.

Prior to her entrance to the parliamentary complex Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranaike had afforded journalists an opportunity to obtain photographs as well as video footage of her self by dipping the shutters of the vehicle she was travelling in.

Journalists gathered at the site had witnessed Attorney-at-Law Neelakandan in the front seat of the vehicle, while Attorney-at-Law Saliya Peiris had accompanied the Chief Justice in the rear seat of the vehicle.

There by Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranaike who had arrived at the parliamentary complex at around 10.00 am this morning had appeared before the Parliamentary Select Committee at around 10.30 a.m.

Presidents Council Romesh De Silva appearing on behalf of the Chief Justice had accompanied Dr. Bandaranaike to the PSC.

According to our correspondents all representatives of the PSC had been present during today's session.

The PSC Chaired by Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa also comprised of government party Ministers Susil Premajayantha, Nimal Siripala De Silva, Dilan Perera, Wimal Weerawansa, Rajitha Senarathna & Deputy Minister Neomal Perera.

Representing the Opposition were MP's John Amarathunga, Laxshman Kiriella, Vijitha Herath & R. Sampanthan.

Following her appearance before the PSC, the Chief Justice had departed the parliamentary complex by 12.30 this afternoon.

According to Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkodi the PSC appointed to investigate the impeachment motion filed against the Chief Justice will reconvene on the 04th of December.

However the Supreme Court yesterday recommended to the PSC elected on this behalf to defer its probe until the determination on Article 107 (3) of the Constitution, which deals with the impeachment of a judge, was made by the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile several attorneys who gathered before the Supreme Court complex this morning expressed their views against the PSC appointed to investigate the

impeachment motion against the Chief Justice.

Presidents Counsel Srinath Perera expressed the following views to the media there in.

Ministers S.B. Dissanayeke as well as Lakshman Senevirathna also expressed their views concerning the impeachment motion filed against the current Chief Justice in office.

Moreover Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkodi expressing his views as a public representative shared the following revelations with the media in this regard.

Speaking here Deputy Speaker Weerakkodi noted that petitions would only protract the process of the PSC.

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