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* Turmoil in Sri Lanka Bar Association, VP to resign
Sat, Dec 15, 2012, 10:38 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 15, Colombo: Tension prevailed at the special general meeting of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) held Saturday to discuss the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake.

Following the chaotic meeting with the participation of about 3,000, members, the Vice President, senior lawyer Anoma Gunathilaka announced that she decided to resign from her position to protest the manner the Association seconded three resolutions.

The BASL President, Wijedasa Rajpakshe announced that the Association unanimously approved three resolutions on the impeachment process of the Chief Justice. However, following the announcement a faction of lawyers have reportedly raised voices against the "undemocratic" way of approving the resolutions without giving the members an opportunity to discuss them.

Ms. Anoma Gunathilaka speaking to media said although the BASL President claimed the approval of the three resolutions were unanimous only certain group agreed with them.

"Those who opposed to the resolutions were not given a chance to express their views at all. I feel the BASL President acted in a dictatorial manner during the meeting today and the resolutions passed are extremely biased," local Daily Mirror quoted the vice president.

She claimed the resolutions were politically motivated.

The BASL today passed a resolution not to welcome any new Chief Justice appointed due to a vacancy created by the wrongful impeachment of the current Chief Justice. The other two resolutions called for the President of the country to reconsider the impeachment motion and guarantee a fair trial on the impeachment process.



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