Oct 07, Colombo: All judges of Sri Lanka's courts have decided to boycott court duties tomorrow to protest against the attack on the Secretary of the Judicial Services Commission, Judicial Officers Union said today.
Unidentified attackers have stabbed High Court judge and the Secretary of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), Manjula Tilakaratne this morning at the Hotel Road area in Mount Lavinia.
Justice Tilakaratne recently claimed that he received death threats due to his criticism of the alleged interference of the judiciary by the executive.
Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem visited the assaulted judge receiving treatment at the Colombo National Hospital this afternoon and expressed his condemnation on the attack.
The President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered the Police chief to conduct an immediate investigation into the attack.
Meanwhile, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has decided to go along with any decision the Judicial Officers Union makes.
Secretary of the Bar Association attorney at law Sanjaya Gamage speaking to the local radio Hiru FM has said the BASL arrived at the decision to support the Judges' Association following a meeting of the BASL executive committee held this afternoon.
The Bar Association has also decided to submit formal requests to President, the Inspector General of Police and Attorney General to carryout expedient investigations regarding the attack.