President of Sri Lanka Bar Association UNP MP Wijedasa Rajapakse had today presented a new bill to the general secretary of the parliament as a private members motion regarding the removal of Supreme Court Judges.
Accordingly a new methodology for removal of the Chief Justice or a Supreme Court Judge in the case of malpractices or in the case physical weakness has been presented.
According to the presented bill at a time when allegations are levelled against the chief justice, a 3 member investigative panel should be appointed comprising of 3 individuals who are not Sri Lankans and are from commonwealth countries who have held the highest judicial post in their respective country.
The bill also states that such a panel should be appointed when allegations are levelled against a Supreme Court Judge and that the panel should consist of current or former Supreme Court Judges.
Further the bill states that the Sri Lanka Bar Association has a right to present facts before the appointed 3 member panel.
The bill also states how to act in the case when the bill is passed and at that time a select committee has been appointed and the judge has been found guilty.
It states that a judge who is not happy with the guilty verdict has the right to request the investigative panel appointed by the speaker to summarize the decision made by the select committee.