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Friday, 30 November 2012 - 13:16
Supreme Court states that it is aware of the powers vested in it by the constitution
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The Supreme Court today declared today that it was fully aware of the
powers vested in it by the countries constitution.

The observation in this regard was made during courts arbitration
regarding the parliamentary select committee appointed to investigate
the impeachment motion filed against the chief justice.

The Supreme Court also noted that its actions were well within the demarcations
of its constitutional endowments.

5 petitions requesting of the Supreme Court to issue a writ order
against the PSC are currently being considered before a trial at bar
comprising of justices
Nimal Gamini Amarathunga, K. Shripawan & Priyasad Depp.

Notice was issued to the respondents cited in three of these petitions
when they were taken up before the Supreme Court on a previous
occasion.

Accordingly Leader of the House Nimal Siripala De Silva speaking in
parliament yesterday noted that the speaker as well as the members of
the PSC had been issued notice.

None of the respondents or attorneys representing them were present in
court today.

Lawyers appearing on behalf of the petitioners however presented the
speakers ruling which was issued in parliament yesterday in this
regard.

In his ruling yesterday, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa noted that no
external institution could notify, order or direct Parliament.

Taking the facts presented before it to consideration the Supreme
Court directed the Attorney General to issue written submissions
pertaining to the matter within 14 days, commencing from the 26th of
this month.

Accordingly the petitions will be recalled before court on the 13th &
14th of this month.

Attorney at law Krishmal Warnakulasuriya appearing on behalf of the petitioners expressed the following views to our news team regarding the day’s court proceedings.

 

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