President has the power to appoint NPC chief secretary; SC clarifies
Chief Justice Mohan Peries said today that the President has sole power to make appointments to the chief Secretary position of the Northern Province or remove the existing secretary from the position.
He made the statement after considering the fundamental case filed by Northern Provincial chief secretary.
The NPC Chief Secretary stated in her petition that a Circular issued by the Northern Provincial Chief Minister has violated her fundamental rights as well as the rights of her staff.
When this petition was taken for hearing on the 14th of this month, the Chief Justice ordered the NPC Chief Minister to issue a new Circular in order to nullify the previous one.
The Chief Minister was also ordered to submit his solutions to the Supreme Court today as to how he is going to work with the Chief Secretary for the betterment of the reconciliation of the country.
Accordingly, NPC Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran said that the Chief Secretary should inform him beforehand whenever she wants to go out of the provincial boundaries or take leave.
Wigneswaran also informed the Supreme Court that he has no objections against the present Chief Secretary holding the position if she is ready to perform her duty according to the regulations set by him as well as his council ministers.
Later the panel of three Supreme Court Judges who considered the submissions by both factions stated they would announce the verdict on the 30th of this month.