Appeals court issues writ order annulling PSC report on impeachment against CJ

Monday, 07 January 2013 - 19:05


The Appeals Court today issued a writ order declaring void the impeachment report which was compiled by the Parliamentary Select Committee against Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranaike.


A petition filed by Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranaike challenging the PSC report was taken up before a three judge bench comprising Chairman of the Appeals Court Justice S. Skandraja, Anil Gunarathna & A.W.A. Salaam.


The PSC' s report was declared null and void by the Appeals Court citing that the PSC had no legal power vested in it according to the interpretation issued by the Supreme Court in this regard.


When the petition was entertained before the Apples Court today JVP MP Vijitha Herath & Attorney-at-Law M.A. Sumanthiran representing TNA MP R. Sambanthan appeared on behalf of the defendants of the case.


Attorney-General Palitha Fernando who appeared before court today stated that when a case is being heard in court against a certain party, that party should refrain from interfering with that case.


Accordingly he noted that when a case is being heard against the Executive, Constitution or the Judiciary all parties concerned should adhere to a similar process.


Hence he noted that the Appeals Court did not hold the legal provisions necessary to forward the legal process in this regard.


Appearing on behalf of TNA Parliamentarian R. Sambantha, Attorney-at-Law M.A. Sumandiram noted that once the Supreme Court issues an interpretation with regards to a certain matter that becomes the law of the country.


Speaking further he noted that if this interpretation is violated the country may be destabilized globally.


Moreover Presidents Council Romesh De Silva represented the Chief Justice at the appeals court today.


Subsequent to the days proceedings TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran expressed the following views to the media.