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* Chairman named for PSC probing charges against Sri Lanka Chief Justice
Wed, Nov 14, 2012, 11:35 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 14, Colombo: Minister of Environment Anura Priyadarshana Yapa has been named as the Chairman of the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) appointed to probe the allegations contained in the impeachment motion against Sri Lanka's Chief Justice, Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake.

The 11-member PSC comprising seven government and four opposition members will commence sittings from Wednesday (November 14).

In addition to Minister Yapa, the government nominated ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Susil Premajayantha, Rajitha Senaratne, Dilan Perera, Wimal Weerawansa and Deputy Minister Neomal Perera to the Committee while the main opposition United National Party (UNP) appointed parliamentarian Lakshman Kiriella and Chief Opposition Whip John Amaratunga as members.

The Democratic National Alliance appointed JVP parliamentarian Vijitha Herath and the major Tamil party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) nominated its leader R. Sampanthan to the PSC.

The committee will probe 14 charges brought in the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice.

The charges amount to improper conduct or conduct unbecoming of a person holding the office of the Chief Justice, involving in matters that could amount to causes of action or controversy, and influencing the process of delivery of justice, according to the order paper presented to the Speaker of the parliament.

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