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* Sri Lanka Minister calls to appoint a new acting Chief Justice
Fri, Jan 4, 2013, 12:10 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka Minister of Construction and Engineering Services Wimal Weerawansa said today that a new acting Chief Justice should be appointed immediately.

Addressing the cabinet press briefing today, he pointed out that the present problem will develop into a constitutional crisis.

Weerawansa accusing that the Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake has examined a case to which she was a party said it was unethical.

Speaking of the decision made by the United National Party (UNP) not to appear in court in response to the notice issued by the Appellate Court, Weerawansa said the UNP took a wise decision since it was a party that expects to form a government.

He pointed out that the Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that appeared in court as representatives of the parliamentary select committee that probed the charges against the Chief Justice want the country be in anarchy.

Weerawansa, leader of the ruling alliance coalition party National Freedom Front, was one of the seven government members of the parliamentary select committee that investigated the charges against the Chief Justice.

The PSC found the Chief Justice guilty of three out of the five charges it investigated.

A lower court today ruled that the PSC has no power or authority to investigate a Chief Justice.



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