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Sunday, 16 December 2012 - 18:54
UNP issues release regarding independent committee on PSC
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The United National Party issuing a release regarding the Presidents recent statement during which he had stated that an independent committee would be appointed to conduct investigations into the Parliamentary Select Committee's final report adds that the president, if he hopes to appoint such a committee, should make the initial announcement in this regard to parliament.

In its release the UNP states that parliaments holds full responsibility of the inquiry which was conducted against Chief justice Shirani Bandaranake as per clause 107 contained in the constitution.

The release further illustrates that as per the provisions set forth by clause number 107, the President is only permitted to remove a justice in dispute, once a resolution is passed.

According to the release issued by the UNP, if the President does not adhere to these provisions, it would constitute a breach of the constitution as well as amount to an impeachment being formulated against him under section 38/2 of the constitution.

In conclusion the release also notes that parliament does not have any legal backing to execute over such an inquiry, while the inquiry itself should be based provisions set forth in the Latimer House Principals.

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