Sri Lanka SC rejects international bar intervention on ousted top judge

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 21:59

Colombo: Sri Lanka`s Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a petition by two international organisations to intervene in the special appeal with regard to the impeachment of country`s first ever woman chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake.

A five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court rejected the offer of intervention, by the Commonwealth Bar Association and the House Human Rights Committee of the Bar of England and Wales.

Bandaranayake, the island`s first ever lady chief justice, was fired in January this year by impeachment.

Serious questions have been raised internationally on the level of judicial independence following her sacking.

She dubbed it political vengeance against her.

The intervention was sought to help the court in matters of law with regard to the appeal filed by the Attorney General against the writ issued by the Court of Appeal quashing the decision of the Parliamentary Select Committee and making it null and void.

Bandaranayake was dismissed after the PSC found her guilty. She stayed away from it calling it unfair.

She was accused of impropriety due to her alleged failure to disclose assets.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 21:59

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