Sept 16, Colombo: Former Chief Justice of Sri Lanka Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake appeared before the Colombo Magistrate's Court today over charges brought by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption.
The impeached Chief Justice appeared in response to a notice issued by the Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya to appear in court today regarding her failure to reveal information on two bank accounts in the National Development Bank.
Over one hundred lawyers appeared on behalf of Dr Shirani Bandaranayake the local Daily Mirror reported.
The Magistrate postponed the case to February 19, 2014.
The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption has filed three cases against the former Chief Justice. The Commission has charged that Dr. Bandaranayke has failed to declare the two accounts in her annual declaration for three consecutive years from 2010.
According to the Bribery or Corruption Commission concealing information is a punishable offence under the assets and liabilities declaration act.
Dr. Bandaranayake, the first female Chief Justice of Sri Lanka was impeached in January this year by a parliamentary procedure.
The Bribery Commission has also indicted Bandaranayake's husband, Pradeep Kariyawasam who was the former chairman of the National Savings Bank for alleged corruption in a transaction causing loses to the bank.