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* Sri Lanka Marxist party member of PSC likely to appear before Appellate Court
Sun, Dec 30, 2012, 10:18 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 30, Colombo: Sources close to Sri Lanka Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) say that the party representative of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to probe the impeachment against Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake is likely to appear in court next week.

Appellate Court of Sri Lanka that is examining the legality of the PSC has ordered the Speaker and the 11 members of the PSC to appear in court on January 03.

JVP sources say that the Marxist party which is against the impeachment is discussing the matter with the lawyers and will take a final decision soon whether the party's member Vijitha Herath would attend the court hearings.

Appellate Court has decided that it has the jurisdiction to hear a writ petition filed by the Chief Justice challenging the decision of the PSC.

A three-judge bench of the Court of Appeal issued notice to the respondents of the writ petition to appear before the court on January 3, 2013.

The Chief Justice has cited 13 respondents including the Speaker, both seven government and four opposition members of the 11-member PSC and the General Secretary of Parliament.

Adhering to an earlier edict by the Speaker parliament Chamal Rajapaksa, the legislators have decided not to appear before the court.

The Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa last month said the notices issued on him and on members of the PSC by the Supreme Court have no effect and are not recognized in any manner, adding that future notices from court will be treated similarly.

The opposition United National Party (UNP) members of the PSC however, have expressed their consent to appear before the court if invited.

The PSC chaired by Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa consisted of seven government legislators, two UNP MPs , one JVP MP and one Tamil National Alliance MP.

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