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* Sri Lanka's top judge denies allegations leveled against her
Fri, Nov 9, 2012, 11:18 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake on Thursday denied allegations of financial improprieties leveled against her in the impeachment motion submitted by ruling party members.

The country's 54-year-old top judge, through her lawyers, told media she has not committed any financial impropriety and the charges in an impeachment motion filed in the parliament last Tuesday (06) were false.

Her law firm Neelakandan and Neelakandan in a letter to local media said their client totally denies the charges.

"Our client totally denies the other allegations and can easily refute them," the law firm said.

The Chief Justice in her letter vowed to conduct her duties as usual and not to bow out.

"Our client will, as always, continue to duly and properly discharge her duties without fear or favour (and) she will do so, independently, impartially and fearlessly in accordance with the law," her law firm said.

Ruling party lawmakers have criticized the Chief Justice for continuing to conduct her duties and hear cases while impeachment hearing is pending before Parliament saying that her conduct is unethical and unconstitutional.

Dr. Bandaranayke is charged with 14 counts of financial wrongdoing and improper conduct.

The charges listed in Parliament's order say Dr.Bandaranayake by her actions has "plunged the Supreme Court and the office of chief justice into disrepute."

Among the serious charges are, not declaring details of 20 bank accounts, including four foreign currency ones worth a total of 34 million rupees, failing to disclose how she obtained 19 million rupees to pay for a house purchased under power of attorney for another person, and misusing her position to harass other judges.

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