PSC has no legal authority Supreme Court determines. Writ petition filed by the Chief Justice to be taken up before court on the 07th January

Thursday, 03 January 2013 - 18:55


The Supreme Court determined today that the Parliamentary Select Committee has no legal power or authority to find a judge guilty because standing order 78(A) is not law.

The Court of appeal reading out the Supreme Court interpretation of the Constitution today stated the power to make a valid finding after investigation can be conferred on a court tribunal or any other body only by law and law alone.

The court said that the sole and exclusive jurisdiction of interpreting the constitution is with the Supreme Court.


6 petitions challenging the PSC are due to be taken up before court on the 15th of this month.


Subsequent to the days proceedings attorney-at-law Saliya Peiris appearing on behalf of the Chief Justice expressed the following views to the media.




Followed by courts interpretation, the appeals court decided today that it would entertain the writ petition filed by the Chief Justice which challenges the findings of the PSC.


Attorney-at-law Saliya Peiris appearing on behalf of the Chief Justice speaking further expressed the following views in this regard.




However two petitions which entreated of court to intervene on behalf of the petition filed by the Chief Justice were dismissed by a 3 judge panel of the Appeals Court today.


Meanwhile the Speaker of Parliament, its General Secretary & the 11 members of the PSC were issued notice be present before court with regards to the petition which was filed by the Chief Justice.


In compliance JVP MP Vijitha Herath & attorney-at-law M.A. Sumandiran who represented the Leader of the TNA R. Sampanthan appeared before court today.


This was in contravention to the statement issued by speaker Chamal Rajapaksa in this regard.


Journalists meanwhile queried from attorney-at-law M.A. Sumandiran in this regard.




Following JVP MP Vijitha Hearth expressed these views.




Meanwhile Cabinet Media Spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukwella commented on the presence of two MP's in court today.




Cabinet Media Spokesperson Minister Keheliya Rambukwella was also queried regarding a statement which was made before the appeals court today.



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