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Monday, 03 December 2012 - 19:30
Magistrates meeting concludes; Petition regarding impeachment to be taken up before court while another has been rejected
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The special meeting which commenced at the Supreme Court premises this morning with the participation of Magistrates & District court judges has concluded.

According to our correspondents a large number of judges had marked their presence during the meeting which had commenced at 3 this evening.

The matters discussed during the meeting have not yet been made public.

Meanwhile, Two petitions filed challenging the Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to investigate the impeachment motion filed against the Chief Justice were considered  before the Supreme Court today.

One of the petitions filed by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka is slated to be taken up on the 21st of January based on the discretion of the Supreme Court.

The petition will be heard before a trial at bar comprising Supreme Court Justices Nimal Gamini Amarathunga, Priyashaad Depp & Eva Wanasundara.

According to the Bar association the petition had been filed to safeguard the supremacy of the judiciary.

Followed by an arbitration of nearly an hour it was decided that the petition would be recalled before court on the 21st of January.

Meanwhile the Supreme Court has refused to entertain yet another petition filed by attorney-at-law Chithrananda Liyanage challenging the PSC appointed to investigate the impeachment motion since the petition had contained insufficient

information.

However following the Supreme Courts decision to entertain the petition filed by the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, Chairman of the Bar Association Presidents Council Wijedasa Rajapaksa expressed these views to the media.

In related developments the Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to investigate the impeachment motion filed against the Chief Justice will re-convene tomorrow for a second occasion.

The 4 opposition MP's who represented in the PSC had requested the Speaker to adjourn activities of the PSC during parliaments vacation.

According to UNP MP John Amarathunga, one of the opposition MP's representing in the PSC, the speakers final decision in this regard is due to be announced in parliament tomorrow.

The PSC appointed to investigate the impeachment motion against current Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranaike initially convened on the 23rd of last month, during which the Chief Justice marked her presence before the committee.

According to parliament’s standing orders the PSC appointed to investigate the impeachment motion should conclude its investigations within 6 months & present its findings before parliament.

However if the speaker decides to suspend the activities of the PSC during parliaments vacation based on a request tendered in by opposition MP's represented in the PSC, the intended time frame of the PSC would be protracted.

Against such backdrop we obtained the expert views of Attorney-at-Law

Dr. Prathibha Mahanamahewa inquiring of him if such actions would constitute a breach of parliament's standing orders.

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