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* Sri Lanka Supreme Court overturns Appeal Court ruling on Chief Justice impeachment
Fri, Feb 21, 2014, 12:44 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Supreme Court today overturned a ruling made by the Appeal Court on the impeachment of the former Chief Justice Sr. Shirani Bandaranayake.

The Court of Appeal on 7 January 2013 ruled that the report of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on the impeachment motion against the Chief Justice Bandaranayake was null and void.

The Appeal Court panel of judges comprising justices late Sri Skandarajah, Anil Goonaratne and A.W.A. Salam declared the report of the PSC null and void since the Committee had no legal power vested in it according to the interpretation issued by the Supreme Court in this regard.

The PSC report declared former Chief Justice guilty of the charges leveled against her through an impeachment motion.

The Attorney General's Department challenged the Appeal Court's decision through a petition filed in the Supreme Court.

The AG in his appeal submitted to the court said the judgment by the Court of Appeal in favor of former Chief Justice and the writ of certiorari issued preventing the implementation of the Parliamentary Select Committee report set a bad precedent.

The five-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising justices, Saleem Malik, Chandra Ekanayake, Sathya Hettige, Eva Wanasundera and Rohini Marasinghe today dismissed the Appeal Court ruling saying that parliament is a supreme body, and no court has powers to give orders on it.

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